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Source Of Lake Wildwood E Coli May Never Be Found

Water recreation season will likely be long over before the beaches at Lake Wildwood reopen. 18 E. coli cases have been reported, with 10 who’ve been discharged from the hospital, since the outbreak was first reported about 2 months ago, resulting in the closure. And the Nevada County Health Department now also says that 4 of the cases had a potentially life-threatening condition that can last through adulthood. Nevada County Environmental Health Director Amy Irani says the bacteria is still at unhealthy levels and the source may never be found, even with the unusual step taken of getting help from federal and state agencies…

click to listen to Amy Irani

Irani says they may have to wait until the E. coli drops naturally down to acceptable levels, which wouldn’t be until it gets colder or the rains begin. But to what extent the lake could be reopened would still need to discussed…

click to listen to Amy Irani

Also, in mid-August, a power outage caused a wastewater pump station to fail, resulting in over 1600 gallons of sewage spilling into the lake. Irani says it’s still not known whether that had a significant impact on E. coli levels.

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