Alabama cracks down on E. coli bacteria in rivers

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Alabama is cracking down on E. coli bacteria in rivers with revised standards.

Al.com reports that wastewater treatment facilities in the state will face tighter limits from the new standards, which were approved by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission.

The existing five-year permits are valid until they expire, but all new or renewed permits issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management going forward will include the new standards.

E. coli bacteria is typically found in the lower intestines of warm-blooded animals, including humans.

The bacteria may cause several illnesses, including diarrhea.

\Its presence in waterways is a common indicator of a sewage spill.

The E. coli limit that applies during that summer season had roughly a 40 percent decrease.