The annual Large Splash event began throughout 2003 as being a means of showing which swimming inside the Saint Lawrence River ended up being safe.

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WATCH ABOVE:Montrealers leap throughout for the Saint Lawrence River to have to possess a tidy up so residents could swim there again.

"Even if there is more than what is generally there, your danger will be minimal."

MONTREAL - Montreal's annual big Splash event gathered 200 participants at the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the old Port last Tuesday, but because it turns out, those that jumped to the river does therefore throughout infected water.

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On your day in the jump, any sample with the drinking water ended up being sent to Aqualabo,a Saint-Michel lab, along with based on their analysis high levels of E.coli, enterococci bacteria along with fecal matter were discovered in the water.

Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz through McGill School asserted it isn't likely in which swimmers willexperience any facet effects,but it's still possible.

According to be able to government standards, h2o high quality should be zero higher than200 cfu/100 ml pertaining to recreational activities.

Julie Menard, any microbiologist from the lab told Global Newstheir testsshowed 3,600 cfu/100 ml existence in the Saint Lawrence River after they tested it final week.

"E-coli is actually present throughout h2o every one involving the time," he said.

Organizers with the Montreal event insistedthey checked with the city prior towards the leap along with had been told that the water ended up being safe.

However, the warning was apparently posted about the city's site the day with the jump to end up being able to warnswimmers towait 24 for you to 36 hrs pertaining to outcomes in order to return in the lab prior to swimming.