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"safe" bacteria levels for irrigation water #302401 - Ask Extension


"safe" bacteria levels for irrigation water #302401

Asked February 22, 2016, 4:27 PM EST

I irrigate my pastures from a small pond on the property that is fed by the irrigation ditch in Klamath falls. I am hoping to use that water to also irrigate my vegetable garden, but I am unsure if it has "safe" levels of potentially harmful bacteria in it. We sell at farmers market and I don't want to get anyone sick. I tested the water once this past fall and the results were" Total Coliform >2419.6 MPN/100ml E. Coli 26.9 MPN/100ml What is the current standard for bacteria levels in irrigation water especially when selling at market? Are these things we can do to the pond to help? Thanks!

Klamath County Oregon

Expert Response

Please contact me at 541-883-7131 and we will do our best to get you an answer.
I will need to consult a researcher that has expertise in this area.

William Riggs Replied February 25, 2016, 6:59 PM EST

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