The testing results of Lake Panamoka shown above are far below the acceptable levels.  By NYS law, it is acceptable to have 1,000 fecal coliform bacteria per 100 mL of water.

Coliforms are a type of bacteria that are always present in the digestive tracts of animals, including humans.  Most coliform bacteria do not cause disease.  They are also found in animal wastes, plant and soil materials.  The presence of disease-carrying pathogens is indirectly tested by monitoring the presence of coliform bacteria, which are an indicator organism.  Total coliforms include bacteria that are found in soil, in surface water, and in human or animal waste.  Fecal coliforms come specifically from the gut and feces of warm-blooded animals.

 

Sources:

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/coliform_bacteria.htm

http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/nycrr/title_10/part_6/subpart_6-2.htm

http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/disinfection/tcr/pdfs/stepguide_tcr_smallsys-3300.pdf

Current Test Results:

June 2018 Water Test Results

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All beaches and boat ramp area are well below the 1000 fecal coriforms per 1000 mL NYS Maximum.  The boat ramp lagoon area has much higer levels but are  still…

July 2017 – Water Testing Results

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Date: 6/27/2017 Water Testing Lab: Pace Analytical Analytical Method: SM22 9221B/E Beach 1 Fecal Coliforms:  33 MPN / 100ml Beach 1 Total Coliforms:  33 MPN / 100ml Beach 2 Fecal Coliforms:…

Older Test Results:

Lake Panamoka Water Testing Results from Summer 2013

Units are MPN/100mL

Date Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3 Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3
7/19/16 110 >1600 130 33 60 4.0
8/2/16 84 210 46 4.5 22 4.0

 

June 2015 Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3
Total Coliform 70 240 130
Fecal Coliform 8 4 23
July 2015 Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3
Total Coliform 248 58 7
Fecal Coliform 79 2 5
August 2015 Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3
Total Coliform 248 58 7
Fecal Coliform 79 2 5

 

Date

Beach 1

Beach 2

Beach 3

June 18, 2013

Fecal Coliform 4/100 mL

Total Coliform 4/100 mL

NOT TESTED

Fecal Coliform 2/100 mL

Total Coliform 23/100 mL

July 16, 2013

Fecal Coliform < 2/100 mL

Total Coliform < 2/100 mL

Fecal Coliform 30/100 mL

Total Coliform 130/100 mL

NOT TESTED

August 6, 2013

Fecal Coliform < 2/100 mL

Total Coliform 4/100 mL

NOT TESTED

Fecal Coliform 4/100 mL

Total Coliform 14/100 mL

Beach 2 Testing Results 8/6/13:

Nitrogen, Ammonia         < 0.10 mg/L                   Nitrite                           < 0.10 mg/L

Nitrate                              0.10 mg/L                   Nitrogen, Total                  0.63 mg/L

pH                                         6.4                                   Temperature                           25oC

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl              0.53 mg/L