July testing at Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of E. coli
Thursday, July 17, 2008 | 10:04 p.m. CDT;
updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 1, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY — State water-quality testing at the Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of bacteria.
The Department of Natural Resources took 55 samples on July 7 from the Lake of the Ozarks Community Toll Bridge to mile marker 30. The department reported Thursday that every sample had low levels of E. coli bacteria. Some E. coli strains can make people sick.
June tests found high levels of E. coli, mainly in high-traffic areas near Tan-Tar-A Resort.
But the two monthly tests were done in different coves, making it difficult to compare results because bacteria levels are highly localized. It’s also common to get sudden bacteria spikes that quickly dissipate.
The Department of Natural Resources plans next month to retest the coves that were examined in June.
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