Natural bodies of water can contain harmful germs from human or animal waste and wastewater runoff. Germs can include viruses, bacteria, and parasites like norovirus, Shigella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia. Germs can cause a variety of symptoms, including diarrhea, gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. The most commonly reported recreational water illness is diarrhea.
In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation, recreational water testing is done weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is also done monthly in the fall, winter and spring.
Christian County Health Department staff test six public access points on waterways across the county. If a waterway tests higher than the allowable limit, it is posted to warn swimmers not to have whole body contact. This means swimmers should not dunk themselves under the water or get water in their face or mouth. Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family from recreational water illnesses.
Stream testing results will be posted on this page weekly during the summer months, or you can call our office for results.