Testing by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on Saturday predicts "Good" water quality rating
CLEVELAND -- Just in time for rising temperatures, the swimming advisory for Edgewater Beach has been lifted.
Crews from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District tested the water on Saturday and are predicting "Good" water quality at Edgewater Beach for the day, lifting the swimming advisory that was put in place last week.
Bacteria levels can reach unsafe levels for swimming and other shoreline activities when the sewer overflow system empties into Lake Erie. For the first time in three years, the system overflowed during last week's storms.
The last time the system overflowed at Edgewater Beach was on August 14, 2011.
The Sewer District crews uses rapid test methods to predict bacteria levels at Edgewater Beach, Villa Angela Beach and Euclid Beach.
Beach goers, especially children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are advised to stay away from the water and debris when bacteria levels are too high.
The Sewer District has $3 billion plan, Project Clean Lake, which will reduce overflows from 4.5 billion gallons to 500 million gallons by 2035 through the construction of large-scale storage tunnels, green infrastructure and wastewater treatment plant upgrades.