Contamination closes Langley Pond

July 13, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C.---If you're looking to beat the heat with a swim this weekend, don't plan on heading to Langley Pond. The bright orange "NO SWIMMING" signs won't be coming down.

The Aiken County Parks and Recreation Department tells News 12 more samples were taken from the pond this morning, but those results will take 48 hours.

After some previous testing, they found an increase in fecal coliform, which is a common bacteria found in the soil. Officials believe the bacteria made its way to the pond following the heavy downpour Wednesday afternoon.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the bacteria itself poses no threat to people, but it does suggest the possibility that there are other, harmful bacteria in the water.


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