Now Safe To Swim At Orleans Beach On Big Spirit After Sewage Release

Spirit Lake Orleans BeachOrleans, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it’s once again safe to swim at Orleans Beach on Big Spirit Lake. The DNR had been recommending earlier that people stay out of the water in that area after about 21,000 gallons of sewage got into the southeast part of the lake on Wednesday after a line broke.

Bryon Whiting of the DNR’s regional office in Spencer says results from samples taken Thursday from Orleans Beach, which is near the area of where the spill took place, came back with levels of E.coli of 10 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, which is well below the level of concern at 235 colonies where the DNR would issue a swimming advisory.

Whiting says the DNR has now concluded its sampling and monitoring efforts that had been ongoing with that incident.

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