Lake Mattawa in Orange reopens after testing shows lowered bacteria levels

  • The Lake Mattawa beach in Orange, pictured in 2020. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 8/12/2022 6:38:17 PM
Modified: 8/12/2022 6:35:03 PM

ORANGE — Lake Mattawa has reopened to the public after testing showed lower bacteria levels, according to the Board of Health.

“Testing will continue, as it has been, on a regular basis,” the Board of Health wrote in a Facebook post. “If levels increase again, we will make another announcement.”

The lake was closed on Wednesday after unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria were detected in a sample taken by the Housatonic Basin Sampling and Testing company on Tuesday. Drought conditions combined with runoff from heavy rains, Health Agent Matthew Fortier said, were “definitely a factor” in washing fecal matter into the lake.

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