Article courtesy of Timm Collins | October 3, 2014 | Statesman Journal | Shared as educational material
The public advisory regarding bacterial contamination in Silver Creek, downstream of the Silverton city limits, has been lifted.
Water quality in Silver Creek has returned to normal according to a release from the City of Silverton.
The process control upset at the Silverton wastewater treatment plant has been corrected.
On Sept. 12, Silverton city officials advised people to avoid contact with a portion of Silver Creek due to a high concentration of E. coli bacteria discovered downstream from a waste-water treatment plant.
The presence of E. coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Contact with the waste could cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. It could be particularly risky for infants, children and some elderly people, as well as those with compromised immune symptoms.