- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia says it’s found high bacteria levels in the nearby Saluda River.

The State newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/2981QcR) that bacteria levels high enough to make people sick were found in the river near the zoo.

Riverbanks uses water from the river only for irrigation of plants and ponds where four elephants and 40 flamingos live. There is no indication the animals have been sick.

Drinking water at the zoo comes from a municipal water supply. Most of the animals drink treated water.

Director Satch Krantz says the zoo began testing water in the river after reports that high bacteria levels were found in the Saluda Shoals Park several miles upstream from the zoo.

State regulators say water near the zoo is now safe for swimming and recreation.


Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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