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High levels of bacteria found at Dubois Park

Posted: 9:40 PM, Jul 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-13 01:40:05Z

There is an advisory warning visitors at Dubois Park that there are high levels of bacteria in the water. 

Once a week at Dubois Park you'll find employees from the Loxahatchee River District testing the water.

"We all have small children and we wanted to assure that they were going to be safe in the water," Susan Noel said.

Noel is the laboratory manager at the Loxahatchee River District. For her collecting, these weekly samples are all about educating the public.

"Many people don't know this but there is a drainage basin that is two miles long that starts down in Juno Beach that drains into this area," she said.

Which means the area has a mix of salt water from the ocean and fresh water from the canal.

"Carries a lot of bacteria and chemicals," Noel said.

She says lately they've seen a good amount of bacteria in the lagoon because of that she says they feel obligated to keep testing the water. 

"They kind of keep an eye on everything where people might come in contact with waters that's may he contaminated what we look at are like I said earlier the public beaches the public swimming areas that are well attended. Mainly the saltwater beaches," Tim O'Conner with the Health Department said.

As for the Noel and her crew, they'll be keeping an eye on the lagoon.

"For the people," Noel said. "Give them information for when they're in the water."

It takes 24 hours to test the samples the detailed results from the samples we will be published on the Loxahatchee River District 's website, Friday.