Late summer heat prolongs E Coli testing at park

1 year 5 months 1 week ago September 13, 2015 Sep 13, 2015 Sunday, September 13 2015 Sunday, September 13, 2015 12:49:00 PM CDT in News
By: Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Following the discovery of hazardous levels of E. Coli bacteria in Again Park Creek, KOMU 8 checked back in to see if Columbia/Boone County Public Health has found a solution. But nearly two months after Again Street residents discovered an E. Coli danger in their neighborhood park's creek, there is still no definite answer if the problem is resolved.

The public health first began testing the E. Coli levels in late July.

E. Coli is a type of harmful bacteria that can grow in water that has a presence of fecal matter. The health department monitors the E. Coli levels in several lakes and creeks around the county.

At the time of the first test, public health measured an E. Coli concentration of over 1400, which is ten times more than what is considered "safe." However one resident, who requested not to be named, hired a private company to test the E. Coli levels in the creek several weeks before the health department did. The resident showed KOMU 8 News the results; the company measured an E. Coli count of over 3,000.

Though the first test was taken almost two months ago, the health department has not published the results of any additional tests since.

One Again Street resident said public health has tried to test the water three separate times.  But because of the late summer heat wave, the creek was mostly dried up.  This made it impossible for health department workers to collect a good water sample for testing.

The neighbor says as long as the creek stays dry, there is no real health danger.  However, she said she hopes public health will be able to confirm if the problem has been resolved before the rain causes the creek to fill again.

KOMU 8 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

 

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