After thousands of gallons of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake due to a failed sewer service connection, it seems as though there will not be a lasting impact to the water.
“We did the water samples and they came back non-detect for E. coli,” said Dustin Jacobson, the Field operations superintendent of Hayden Lake Recreational Water and Sewer District on Wednesday. “The repair was done the day we found it and that was pretty much it.”
An estimated 3,500 to 17,000 gallons of raw sewage seeped from the ground over an unknown period of time near 4025 E. Jacobs Latter Trail in Hayden earlier this month.
The discharge was reported to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.
Officials at the time said the area was heavily disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and washed.
They said Wednesday the water not experiencing excess levels of E. coli and when asked if it would be safe to to boat and swim in this summer, said “definitely.”