Water tests being called slow and outdated

Tests are done at the Jersey Shore to alert swimmers about high bacteria that could make shore visitors sick. However, results often come back days

AVON-BY-THE-SEA - Tests are done at the Jersey Shore to alert swimmers about high bacteria that could make shore visitors sick. However, results often come back days after swimmers have already been exposed to bacteria that could make them sick.

Some are calling the testing slow and outdated. Beaches aren't closed in New Jersey until a second round of tests show high bacteria levels, which means people could be swimming in the contaminated water for two or three days.

The technology for rapid testing exists with results back in about three hours. However, Sean Dixon, with Clean Ocean Action, says launching the program will come down to money. The state is conducting some rapid tests, but under the current system, can't release those findings until they're verified with its current, slower method.

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