VIHA Lifts Swimming Advisory for Hamsterly Beach

Aug 07, 2009

Victoria BC - Capital Regional District (CRD) Regional Parks would like to inform the public that the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has lifted the swimming advisory for Hamsterly Beach at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

The latest VIHA sample results of fecal coliform counts are within acceptable limits. As a result, the medical health officer has removed the warning advising the public that the water may be unsafe for swimming at the west side of the beach.

VIHA posts warning advisory signs when the geometric mean of the sampling results exceeds 200 fecal coliform per 100 ml of water. The high fecal coliform count earlier this week was most likely caused from Canada Geese droppings.

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For more information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
250.360.3332