Lake Newport tests come back safe for second week

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Mill Creek Park will be testing Lake Newport's water for E. Coli weekly at the above locations until some time in October.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County District Board of Health has released its second set of E. Coli test results from the water in Lake Newport at Mill Creek MetroParks.

The results look good, but there is still 10 more weeks of testing to do to help Mill Creek officials determine a baseline. Officials are taking three samples from three sites around Lake Newport, including the boathouse, boat launch and walking bridge.

The highest bacteria count was once again found at the walking bridge near Sheban Drive, according to a news release from the health department. The highest reading at the bridge was 142, which is considered safe but higher than the 127 result reported last week. The other two samples there tested at 98 and 87.

A reading of 400 is considered safe to swim in.

Samples taken at the boathouse registered at 1 or less than 1, according to the release. Samples at the boat launch tested at 8 and 3.

“The testing of Lake Newport is still in the beginning stages and it is too early to make any significant correlations with the data. However, the weather conditions over the past two samples are very similar with no significant amounts of rainfall and substantial sun exposure on the lake itself,” said Ryan Tekac, director of environmental health for the Mahoning County District Board of Health.

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