- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe officials say tests show the level of bacteria in the city’s lake is safe for triathletes to swim.

KTVK-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1rcVDPh ) that triathletes participating in the Life Time Tri on Sunday can do the swimming portion in Tempe Town Lake as scheduled.

City spokeswoman Melissa Quillard says test results indicate the level of E. coli in the lake is within the permitted standards for full-body contact.

Recent monsoon storms brought debris and trash into the lake. Water samples taken Thursday showed the water was unsafe for swimming.

Quillard says it’s not unusual for bacteria levels to rise immediately following a storm but the lake generally corrects itself with time and sunlight.

Triathlon organizers say they would have changed the event to a duathlon if competitors could not go swimming.


Information from: KTVK-TV, https://www.azfamily.com/

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