Report finds contaminated waters may be rolling in at Brooklyn beaches

A new report released Tuesday by the City Council Waterfront Committee found that beachgoers need to beware before enjoying a dip in the ocean.

The council?s report states that after a heavy rainstorm, city treatment facilities can overflow and send untreated waste right into the area?s waters. In Brooklyn, the city oversees Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. At each of these sun and sand filled areas, there are signs alerting beachgoers to the bacteria levels.

The Department of Health, which tests for bacteria at the beginning of each week, says it uses the latest and most accurate tests of water quality. According to the department, if there is a significant risk to public health, all necessary measures are taken, including beach closures.

The City Council Waterfront Committee admits that the number of people who get sick in the ocean waters is small, but says it is important for people to know of the risks associated with swimming in city beaches.

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