From the Daily Camera:
Triathletes competing in the Ironman Boulder this weekend can breathe a sigh of relief.
The results from Monday’s water test at Boulder Reservoir are in, and bacteria levels are well below the threshold that would require officials to shut down the swim beach.
Competitors in Sunday’s inaugural Boulder Ironman triathlon worried amongst themselves and on social media about what would happen if the reservoir’s bacteria levels were too high.
The triathlon begins with a 2.4-mile swim in the reservoir, which starts on the beach.
“All of our water test results came back well below threshold levels,” reservoir manager Stacy Cole said Wednesday.
Reservoir staff must test the water in the swim area at least once every seven days, Cole said. If bacteria levels exceed the standard set by the state, the swim area is closed immediately, she said.
Water typically is sampled every Monday from the reservoir and then gets sent to a water treatment facility. Tests there measure the levels of a particular strain of the bacteria E. coli, Cole said.
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