The city of Tahlequah is issuing a warning for elevated E. coli levels in Town Branch Creek in Tahlequah.

Signage is posted at its three most frequented recreational areas in Sequoyah, Ross and Felts Parks due to high levels of E. coli.

The numbers range from 365-648 E. coli colony forming units based off this week's testing.

“Until sampling results decrease, we’re recommending that residents refrain from entering the waters with open wounds, cuts or abrasions and, as always, never ingest the water,” said Planning and Development Director Clinton Johnson.

According to the Stormwater Management program, to be within normal range for recreational activity results should be below 126 CFUs, and beach enclosures are recommended to be under 236 CFUs based off Oklahoma regulations.

The city of Tahlequah will continue to test regularly with results made public as soon as possible.

“We do our best to keep our residents informed and safe from this possible exposure within Town Branch Creek,” said Jami Murphy, public relations specialist. “Residents are welcome to visit our city pool opening at noon Wednesday-Sunday for a small entry fee, or the splash pad which opens at 10 a.m. The splash pad is free.”

For more information on hours of operation for any city facility visit www.cityoftahlequah.com, and for the pool or other activities visit the Facebook pages for Tahlequatics or City of Tahlequah-City Hall.