2016 Water Quality Reports

Recent water testing has indicated higher than average levels of coliform bacteria in the water. The average coliform count exceeded 30 on the last testing date (August 6), indicating a possible risk for drinking and swimming, according to the test protocol literature. While it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the contamination, the following have in the past been linked anecdotally to poorer water quality:

    • High winds /heavy rains scouring the shoreline in days prior to testing dates
    • Sustained higher water temperatures (recent measurements indicate sustained water temperatures up to 27°C this summer, an unusual occurrence)
    • Increased human activity (early to mid-August, when more people are here, is when coliform counts are usually at their season high)

Disturbed shoreline due to construction/destruction activity

  • Leakage from malfunctioning septic systems
  • Poor water flow-through at test site

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2016 Water Quality