YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mill Creek Park lakes are open, and WKBN’s latest water test results are back.
Test results returned from those samples showed some e. Coli in the lake, but those levels were much lower than tests showed over the summer.
The e. Coli level was 270 per unit of water. The Health Department took tests with levels over 2,400 last summer.
The federal action level is 576.
Health experts say e. Coli levels in the lakes will get higher in the summer. The highest levels will happen after heavy rain.
Increases also happen when the water is warm, and the skies are cloudy.
People can use the lakes again but should take precautions for about three days after heavy rain storms, according to park management.