Stormwater system deemed normal |

Stormwater system deemed normal

Staff report

Levels of E. coli in the city’s stormwater system have returned to normal and no longer require monitoring, a city official said in a statement Wednesday.

State officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment made the call Wednesday and also authorized the city to take down signs closing access to stormwater ponds at Rio Grande Park and the Jenny Adair Wetlands because of risk to the public, said April Long, the city’s stormwater manager.

“Water testing since the closure has consistently shown E. coli levels below the state’s standards for safe swimming water,” Long said in the statement.

The city closed access to the ponds April 13 after tests showed elevated levels of E. coli. The pollution was determined to be coming from the Residences at The Little Nell through discharges of ground and stormwater into the city’s storm sewers.

The source of that pollution has not yet been found, Long said.

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