Public warned to avoid portion of Lindon Marina due to high levels of E. coli
SALT LAKE CITY — The public is being warned not to ingest, wade or swim in the water at the north side of Utah Lake’s Lindon Marina after water samples were tested and found to contain high levels of E. coli.
According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Division of Water Quality monitors for E. coli at Utah Lake State Park Marina on a monthly basis from May to October, and samples collected last Friday exceeded the threshold for E. coli.
The bacteria can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and other infections. The samples with high E. coli levels were taken at the Lindon Marina at the dike on the north side. Samples from other areas like American Fork Harbor and Utah Lake State Park Harbor had low levels of the bacteria.
Caution signs have been posted to warn people against swimming or wading in the water as well as ingesting it. Anyone who handles fish or touches the lake should wash their hands afterward.
The DEQ states that E. coli comes from human and animal waste and is often present in higher concentrations after rainstorms due to urban runoff. Click here for more information about E. coli from the Utah DEQ.