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Cumberland Lake Park Beach Advisory Notice

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Island Health (formally Vancouver Island Health Authority) has issued a Beach Advisory Warning for Cumberland Lake Park advising the public that swimming is not recommended based on the results of water samples collected August 11, 2015.

Further sampling was conducted on August 13, 2015 and results are expected back next week.

Island Health’s Beach Report webpage has now been updated to reflect this notice.

The beach at Cumberland Lake Park is sampled on a weekly basis for indicator bacteria that help to indentify the presence of fecal contamination and provide an indication of the potential risk present in beach water. The advisory has been issued to protect swimmers from illnesses that may be linked to unacceptable levels of bacteria. Swimming in contaminated water can result in increased risk of ear, nose and throat infections or gastrointestinal issues.

Note that the beach at Cumberland Lake Park is not “closed” to public access, but warning signs have been posted advising the public that the water may be unsafe for swimming.

Find more information on the Island Health Beach report program or contact Island Health at 250-331-8518.

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