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What’s in the water at Edgewater Beach? Lab testing for E.coli, toxic algae

August 22, 2018

What’s in the water at Edgewater Beach? Lab testing for E.coli, toxic algae

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- How do you know the water at Edgwater Beach is safe for swimming?

The jewel of the Cleveland Metroparks had a few bad water quality days this summer -- a harmful algal bloom during the July 4 holiday week and a sewer discharge in August.

So cleveland.com’s sister website, RocktheLake.com, found independent experts, CWM Environmental and Enviroscience, to test the water for E.coli and algal toxins in their laboratories.

We also talked to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which tests Metroparks beach water daily, about its process, and what the results mean.

The good news: The labs had similar E.coli findings, and none for harmful algal blooms.

The bad news: On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the day they tested, both CWM and NEORSD found E.coli levels above the U.S. EPA standard.

See all the results in a Q&A on RocktheLake.com.

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