New rapid test aims to get swimmers back in NYS park waters faster.
In a release, Cornell’s Ruth Richardson, Associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is testing a new water monitoring technology that, if approved by New York state and federal government, could reduce the time state park swim areas must close when water is suspected of being un-swimmable.
The state according to Richarson, conducts weekly testing of water at all of its swim areas.
How drastic a reduction in testing time? From 24-30 hours down to 90 minutes or less.
The device checks for bacteria and wasn’t designed specifically for swim water testing,
Swims ares are closed if they don’t pass the tests.