What do we look for when we sample?
The most current MPCA recommendations for beach water sampling are to test for
the presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli). E. coli is one of the intestinal organisms
found in warm-blooded animal waste. It is therefore a good indicator of fecal
contamination.

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1. Are there lifeguards at Lakeville's beaches?
2. Are the lakes safe to swim in?
3. What do we look for when we sample?
4. Why are swimming beaches sometimes closed?
5. When do you open the swimming beach once it is closed?
6. Can you eat the fish?
7. How harmful are E. coli bacteria?