CBS 46 took water samples from the South River to Analytical Environmental Services for testing. Scientists with the company delivered the test results Friday afternoon. They checked to see if there was E. coli in the water.
"We found that the E. coli that we asked for was 56 colonies per 100 mill," said Dana Till.
Till is a scientist with A-E-S. She said the results mean the water is undrinkable. That's because according to the Environmental Protection Agency if the amount of E. coli in water exceed 235, it is considered high and the water should be monitored. CBS 46 originally collected samples from the South River on Tuesday, but returned and collected new samples on Thursday, this time following A-E-S's guidelines. The company said the collection process is important.
"We accredited by the National Laboratory Accreditation Program and so we have strict guidelines on how we are performing our tests. We do take proactive measures and quality assurance and quality control to make sure that our tests are valid," said Till.
DeKalb County officials said the South River is the cleanest it's been in decades. A-E-S isn't confirming or disputing that. Scientists with A-E-S said the results from their tests offer just a snap shot in time.
"Yesterday's sampling event is just a onetime moment in time, an analysis on what is going on at the stream or river or lake, or where you are sampling, but it is not an indication of a 30 day cycle, or different levels or areas of the river that you need to test," Till said.
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