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E.coli testing performed at Ross Barnett Reservoir

An independent group, testing the water at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, found high levels of E. coli. Source: WLBT An independent group, testing the water at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, found high levels of E. coli. Source: WLBT
This water testing was done by the Pearl Riverkepper. Source: WLBT This water testing was done by the Pearl Riverkepper. Source: WLBT
Abby Braman with Pearl Riverkeeper says their non-profit group tests the water every week for E. coli. Source: WLBT Abby Braman with Pearl Riverkeeper says their non-profit group tests the water every week for E. coli. Source: WLBT
Officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District say they also test the water and got safe levels of E. coli last week and this week. Source: WLBT Officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District say they also test the water and got safe levels of E. coli last week and this week. Source: WLBT
ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Recently, an independent group, testing the water at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, found high levels of E. coli in the water where the Dragon Boat Regatta is supposed to take place this weekend.

This water testing was done by the Pearl Riverkepper.

They say they found high levels of E. coli at Trace Park last week.

The good news is they tested this week and they found the levels to be safe.

Abby Braman with Pearl Riverkeeper says their non-profit group tests the water every week for E. coli.

They put the water test results on their website in a swim guide.

Stay up to date with the Rez’s water quality by clicking HERE

If the water quality fails, they get a red mark, which means the E. coli levels are above the EPA single sample standard.

A green mark means the water has low and safe levels of E. coli.

They test the water themselves.

Officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District say they also test the water and got safe levels of E. coli last week and this week.

They send their water off to the state to be tested and say they've never got consistent high levels of E. coli.

"The reason we're testing for E. coli is because it can cause illnesses such as diarrhea, stomach pains, swimmers ear but it also can be an indicator of bacteria for other more serious bacteria that can cause more serious illnesses in your water," said Braman.

To prevent E. coli illness after swimming in the reservoir or any freshwater system, it's always a good idea to rinse off or shower afterward.

If you have any cuts or scrapes, always treat them with hydrogen peroxide to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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