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SOUTH DAKOTA Department of
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
Joe Foss Building
523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
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Drinking Water Program

Public Beaches and Municipal Swimming Pools


Public Beaches

Beaches should be tested for fecal coliform bacteria on a regular basis. Fecal Coliform counts of 200 or more are considered unsafe.  Public beaches are no longer regulated by the State of South Dakota and testing is voluntary.  Please contact the beach owner or operator for more information.

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Municipal Swimming Pools

swimming pool

Municipal swimming pools are no longer regulated by the State of South Dakota, however, these facilities should be tested for coliform bacteria during each week of operation.   All pool samples should be tested for "total coliform", which is an indicator bacteria for drinking water and pools. "Total Coliform - Negative" means that no coliform bacteria were found and the water is safe. "Total Coliform - Positive" means that coliform bacteria were found. Two or more consecutive positive samples indicates a general trend of bacteria presence in the pool. Corrective measures should be taken, such as super-chlorination, to prevent a health related incident caused by poor water quality.  Please contact the pool owner for more information.

Recommended Procedures

Swimming Pool Management Manual

Fecal Accident Response - Recommendations For Pool Staff

•New Study: Keep Kids With Diarrhea Out Of Pool


•Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Design Criteria

•Recommended Standards For Swimming Pool Design and Operation (pdf)