Levels of E. coli bacteria near the site of a breach in a cross-border sewer line north of city limits were so high during initial testing, they exceeded the capabilities of field equipment and easily surpassed recommended standards, health officials said Thursday.

“Samples have been found at levels of E. coli bacteria that exceed recommended levels at both below and above the breach,” according to the draft text of a news release from Santa Cruz County Health Services that was read to the NI in advance of a 5 p.m. news conference Thursday. 

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