Elevated Levels Of E. Coli Detected at Lions Beach
Janesville city officials said that recent water quality tests showed an elevated level on E. coli bacteria in the water at Lions Beach. A Water quality advisory is issued when bacteria levels reach between 250 and 1000 parts per million, the most recent sample of Lions Beach had 613 parts per million according to the release. Consumption of E. Coli can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea with symptoms beginning 3 to 4 days after consumption. The city’s recreation department sends samples to the state Hygiene Lab once a week and results greater than 1000 parts per million would cause the beach to close. The most recent test required a public notice but the beach is still considered safe for swimming. Elevated levels of E. Coli were also found at the stream in Carver Roehl County Park in Clinton, Gibs Lake in Edgerton and the stream near Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville.