Denver Public Advisory: Colorado swimming areas dangerous to human health

07/19/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Denver, CO—Dozens, if not hundreds of people are taking their chances of contracting E. coli and other infections by swimming in popular swimming holes. Many seem to be not too worried about the warnings, just like Lawrence Sanchez, who said, “I read that warning sign, I just went ahead and did it anyway,” reports KDVR.

City officials say water samples taken from Confluence Park returned startling results of E. coli, which tested nearly three times above the presumed level of safety. Arsenic was also found at nearly 50 times above state standards on the South Platte River, and Down Cherry Creek tested above safe levels for a harmful metal called selenium. But swimmers are choosing to ignore the warnings and are jumping in the enticing water on these hot summer days.

One parent even stated, “I think if it’s as serious as they make it, there would be someone here saying don’t go in the water. You don’t let your kids drink the water when they’re swimming.”

Environmental safety officials suggest swimmers to wash their hands after getting out of the contaminated water.

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