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High bacteria levels prompts swimming advisory for Kelowna's Strathcona beach

August 21, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Residents and tourists are being warned that swimming at a Kelowna beach could possibly result in stomach illness and rash.

A swimming advisory has been issued for Strathcona beach because bacterial levels are currently higher than those allowed in the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. While the beach is not closed, signage has been posted so beachgoers can make an informed decision.

The very young, the elderly and people with weakened immunity are the most susceptible to infections related to bacteria levels in the water.

One per cent of swimmers may potentially develop stomach illness if water if ingested and eye, ear and throat symptoms can occur more frequently.

Swimmers may also experience skin rashes, different than swimmer's itch.

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“We are asking the public not to swim or engage in water-related recreation activities at Strathcona Beach until the water quality advisory has been lifted,” Blair Stewart, Park Services Manager said in a release.

“Most people would be fine, but there is that one per cent who could become ill if they ingest the water.”

The swimming advisory does not affect other beaches in Kelowna. 

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Once testing shows bacteria levels have returned to acceptable levels, the swimming advisory will be lifted from Strathcona beach. 


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