THOMASTON — After finding elevated level traces of E. coli in the water at Nystrom’s Park on Wednesday, July 3, the Torrington Area Health District has confirmed that the levels have reverted to a lower rating in compliance with state standards following further water testing on Monday, July 8.
“The levels are back to normal,” Director of Health Robert Rubbo, M.P.H. of the Torrington Area Health District reported to the Town Times.
Test results from the state laboratory became accessible on Tuesday, July 9.
The health district has confirmed that Nystrom’s Pond is safe for swimming.
Director Rubbo has ruled out that sewage leakage was the culprit for the rise in E. coli, noting that this was an isolated incident and that E. coli frequently spurs from runoffs and heavy rains.
However, if more outbreaks of E. coli occur in the future with samples that are consistent with the previous data findings, he expressed that this sign may lead the health district to expand an investigation of any possible septic leakages that may potentially spill-off into or around the pond.
Director Rubbo also reported that additional routine testing will be conducted sometime next week at Nystrom’s Park.