ASHLAND, Ore. — Every open body of water has its fair share of bacteria and parasites, the City of Ashland says. Ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes, they're all swimming with the stuff at all times. That said, it's a good idea to avoid the Swim Reservoir at Lithia Park for the time being.
According to the City, there is an "elevated level" of the bacteria E. coli in the Swim Reservoir right now.
"It is strongly recommended that no one wade, bathe or swim in the Reservoir," the City said.
Ashland Parks and Recreation will continue to re-evaluate the water quality and lift the ban "as soon as it is possible." Updates can be found at the website here.
"E. coli is a bacteria found naturally in the digestive tracts of humans and many other animals," the City of Ashland says. "Not all E. coli cause disease; however, high E. coli counts can can also be an indicator of other pathogens. Water that exceeds the State’s E. coli standards should not be ingested, and you are strongly urged to stay out of the creek."
For a map of Lithia Park — in case you're not sure which watery spot is the Swim Reservoir — check out the map here.