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Flooding in Vermont

The Health Department advises everyone to stay out of rivers and streams until the water is clear and calm and to use extra caution when swimming in lakes and ponds that have been affected by flooding.

Learn more about when it is safe to swim in lakes, rivers and swimming holes again.

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Safe and Healthy Recreational Waters are Important

Vermont is home to thousands of freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Our waters are a great destination for everything from swimming and fishing to boating and tubing. We all have a role to play in keeping our recreational waters a safe and healthy place for everyone.

Swim Water Testing

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams may contain disease-causing microorganisms. Swimming in these waters may result in health effects such as minor skin rashes, sore throats, diarrhea or more serious problems.

Children tend to spend more time in the water than adults. They are also more likely to accidentally swallow water when swimming and, for this reason, they are more likely than adults to get sick. However, babies, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of becoming seriously ill.

See swim water testing FAQs

Contact your town health officer with questions about your town’s public swimming area testing protocols or results.

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Learn about water safety in Vermont
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Learn more about waterborne diseases
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Learn more about preventing swimming-related illnesses (CDC)
Contact Us

Toxicological Sciences Program

Phone: 802-863-7220 or 800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)

Fax: 802-863-7483

Email: [email protected]

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