South Carolina has the eighth cleanest beach water in the nation, but Horry County beach water is the dirtiest in the state, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 20th annual “Testing the Water” report issued Wednesday.
But Myrtle Beach City Manager Tom Leath called the report “bull.”
“It’s so incomplete and misleading, it’s laughable,” he said. “They’ve been whacking on us for years. They never give us a good rating, no matter what we do.”
Leath said the report doesn’t take into account that the city and the state test the water here, gives the area no extra credit for posting permanent signs to warn people about the water after all rainfall instead of waiting 24 hours to get test results, and misleads people by saying “the beach” as if all 10 miles of the city’s coastline were polluted.