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E.coli bacteria levels prompt no-swim warning

The regional district recommends swimmers avoid the water at Manitou Beach in Naramata due to high E.coli bacteria levels.
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July 12, 2013 - 4:42 PM

UPDATE: Manitou Beach is safe to use for swimming again.

The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen removed its recommendation for users to not swim at the beach over elevated E.coli bacteria concerns.

The district was informed by Interior Health that water samples taken on July 12 have come back with good results.

This update was added at 2:46 p.m. July 15, 2013.

NARAMATA - Manitou Beach is off limits due to high amounts of E.coli bacteria.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen recommends swimmers avoid the water at the Narmata beach as the bacteria amounts exceed Health Canada guidelines.

The district will continue to collect water samples and forward them to Interior Health for analysis. The district will update the public when bacteria levels have returned to normal.

An Interior Health official said the elevated E.coli levels might be due to the geese population in the area or runoff carrying debris down from the surrounding hills.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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