WALLA WALLA - It's safe to go back in the water.
An advisory against swimming in Bennington Lake has been lifted after tests for bacteria showed the results well below levels regarded as harmful.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, warned against swimming in the lake last week after a test showed higher levels of E. coli bacteria than is deemed safe by state health officials.
In a release, Corps spokesman Stephen Doherty said initial test results received July 7 revealed E. coli counts of 170 per each 100 milliliters of sample. That figure is higher than the 126 per 100 milliliters that is deemed safe for swimming.
Subsequent samples taken since then showed much lower levels, Doherty said. The latest test results taken Wednesday showed 8 parts per 100 milliliters.
Water samples are routinely taken at the lake even though there is no designated swim beach, Doherty said. The samples tested were taken near the bottom of the boat ramp.