Klineline Pond re-opens after E. coli alert

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Klineline Pond, which was closed to swimmers due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, was re-opened Thursday. However a warning remains for the swim beach.

Clark County Public Health made the decision to close after the bacteria was found during routine testing. The water was taken from the pond on Monday.

Water samples from Wednesday were improved and officials are waiting for the Thursday results before making a decision to allow swimmers.

Some E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if the water is accidentally swallowed.

People who fish are advised to take precautions to avoid water contact. Any fish caught should be thoroughly washed as should any equipment that’s put in the water.

“It’s especially important to keep children out of the pond because they are more likely than adults to swallow some of the water,” Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, said.

Officials posted closure signs at the pond on Tuesday afternoon. The closure will remain in effect until tests show that E. coli bacteria levels do not exceed state and EPA guidelines.

Anyone visiting the park and coming into contact with the water should wash their hands with soap and clean water.

Fortunately, the park’s splash pad is still open and can be used to cool down from the heat. Officials added that the water from the restroom and shelter are safe to drink.

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