According to Shawn Ralston, long-range planning manager for the county, both entities check for certain types of bacteria that is evident in warm-blooded animals, but E. coli is not something that is tested. She said the reason for that is that E. coli is not typically found in water.
The program to test water and watershed runoff has been in place in the county since the mid- to late ’90s, she said.
Since that time, she said, the city and county have seen that each creek in the area has different issues as far as bacteria blooms that are harmful to human populations.
The city has a website where residents can see the latest updates of water quality. Residents can subscribe to the website to receive notifications when information on the site is updated.
Date posted: December 16, 2010
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