Published DateGORHAM – The Libby Pool has been closed since Thursday, July 4, after state testing revealed a higher than acceptable level of fecal bacteria in the water.
Gorham Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stewart explained that the state Department of Environmental Services tests the water at Libby Pool three times a year to ensure it is safe for swimming. The test was performed on July 3 and the E. coli level exceeded the state standard and an advisory was issued. E. Coli is a bacterium that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals.
Stewart explained that all the recent rain has caused high runoff on the Peabody River, which increases the amount of pollutants carried into the pool. He also noted the humidity has been high as well, which makes fecal and other matter decompose faster.
The pool was re-tested Friday and Stewart said he expects to get those results Tuesday. He said he hopes to see the pool opened by Thursday.
Stewart said a number of other pools in the state were also issued advisory notices by the state DES.