Report finds bad water for swimming at U.S. beaches

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a popular place for summer vacations, but heading to the beach can make you sick.

The Natural Resources Defense Council tested 3,000 beaches and found 10% fail the government's swimmer safety standards. Beaches in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia boast the lowest failure rate.

The report found beach water pollution can cause illnesses like hepatitis, pink eye and stomach bugs.

There are ways to protect yourself. The NRDC recommends avoiding beaches with visible discharge pipes. They also say you shouldn't go to the beach after a heavy rain.

You can read the full report and check out your favorite beaches by clicking the link attached to this story.

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