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Swimming not recommended at Scantic River after high levels of E.Coli detected

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Scantic River (WFSB file photo) Scantic River (WFSB file photo)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Swimming is not recommended at the Scantic River in Enfield after high levels of E.coli were detected.

Results from the water quality test on Wednesday prompted the warning to anyone looking to go into the water.

Officials from the Scantic River Watershed Association said water tests in the Powder Hollow area were four times higher than last week’s test results with the number of viable bacterial cells.

The reason for these high levels of bacteria, officials said, is most likely attributed to the dry weather, hot temperatures, and large amounts of runoff from the rain earlier this week.

Officials say "bacteria levels are typically elevated during and shortly after wet weather events, and good precautions to take include:"

  • Avoid swimming right after a heavy rain
  • Avoid contact with the river downstream of a sewage outfall
  • Cover open cuts/use ear and nose plugs

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