Water tests being called slow and outdated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Some are calling the testing slow and outdated.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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 VIDEO: Nor'easter conditions hit New Jersey
Rough surf caused some beach erosion in Ortley 2 Strong nor'easter hits the Jersey Shore
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
NJ Transit warns riders to be prepared for 4 NJ Transit warns riders to be prepared for crawling commute
A powerful nor'easter caused some of the New 5 Flood pumps help keep Hoboken mostly dry

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE