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Safe to swim at two Wood Lake beaches

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September 12, 2014 - 3:58 PM

LAKE COUNTRY – Bacteria levels are low enough to take down the swimming advisory signs at two beaches in two parks on Wood Lake in Lake Country.

The signs went up in the Central Okanagan Regional District’s Reiswig Park and the District of Lake Country’s Beasley Park on Aug. 13 when the Interior Health Authority issued a precautionary advisory.

The water quality was poor due to increased levels of bacteria.

“Interior Health has now indicated recent test samples show water quality has again returned to acceptable, safe levels under the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality,” Bruce Smith with the regional district says in a media release. “That means the advisory has been lifted and people can once again swim at these beaches.”

According to guidelines on water quality issued by Health Canada there are a number of ways water can become contaminated with the E. Coli bacteria.

The water may be contaminated with fecal material from discharged sewage, storm water runoff from agriculture or urban areas, and wild or domesticated animals and even through fecal shedding by swimmers themselves.

Fecal shedding by swimmers is another way to say pooping in the water.

The Interior Health Authority posts weekly water quality updates to its website.

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