June 18, 2018 11:10 AM
Health Alert - Kidd Springs Pond
The City of Dallas has issued a health and safety alert for Kidd Springs Park pond after elevated e.coli levels were discovered. Dallas Park and Recreation officials are urging residents not to enter the water or consume fish/aquatic vegetation/wildlife from the Kidd Springs Park pond.
Oscar Carmona, Assistant Director with Dallas Park and Recreation Department, stated that at this time, e. coli levels in the pond are at 1299.7 MPN/100 mL. This is classified to be just above the secondary contact for e-coli levels. At this level, it is recommended that contact with water be limited and there be no consumption of fish from the water body. We will continue testing the water quality and feel like with our efforts, the levels will not reach the non-contact level.
Signs prohibiting swimming and fishing at the popular spot are posted, and social media alerts to citizens and park users have begun, he said. Citizens can still visit the park’s other amenities including its Japanese garden, trail, playground, recreation center and swimming pool.
He advises citizens to not enter the pond, consume fish from the pond or allow pets near the water, and heed all warning signs. If anyone has made contact with the water or have consumed fish from the pond this week and is feeling ill, officials advise they seek medical attention, Carmona said.
Efforts are being made to reduce the e-coli levels through additional water aeration and resource management. Park officials are uncertain as to when the public can expect to resume fishing and other pond activities.