Daily water testing ensures safety at Metroparks

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Metroparks is continuing daily testing of its waters this summer to make sure that it is safe for swimmers as water temperatures become warmer.

The results of the water testing will be posted at every entrance to the beach with big bright color coded signs indicating how safe the water is for swimming.

You can also walk up to one of one of three kiosks to get the information.

While the Coast Guard says the water in the Great Lakes is too cold to swim in - with temperatures ranging between 30 and 50 degrees in some places - Memorial Day weekend is a good time to start thinking about the promise of a good swim.

Technology is also making it easier for people to access water purity through the Metroparks' website: http://www.ohionowcast.info/index.asp .

"We do have a webcam that's through the nowcast websites attached to our nearest building," Joseph Roszak with Metroparks says. "People can actually see the beach itself… from the comfort of their own home."

Metroparks has partnered with the sewer district to lend a hand to test the water every single day. Roszak also indicates the daily testing has been conducted since at least 2002.

Edgewater Park has seen some renovations, so officials say there's more to do than just swim.

"The beach is a great place to come and play. There's so many great things to come and do down here… whether you're playing volleyball at some of our great volleyball courts. You can come rent a ball from some of our great life guards. We're going to have some new umbrellas and beach kiosks this year for people to sit in and lounge in… bring a pale… bring a shovel," Roszak says. "It really is a new Edgewater park."


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