July 5, 2022

Beach Water Quality Advisory for Beasley Park Beach 

Lake Country, BC – Interior Health Authority has recommended a Beach Water Quality Advisory at Beasley Park Beach.

Each summer, District of Lake Country staff collect water samples from a number of local beaches for Interior Health to test and analyze. Beaches that have historically shown higher than acceptable e-coli counts from time to time during the summer months are sampled weekly, with at least five samples in a 30-day period.

Beach water quality can fluctuate due to factors including lake currents, runoff and the outflow of creeks, changing environmental factors and waterfowl and animal waste. Beach water quality is typically poorer in summer due to warmer water temperatures and the number of people swimming. Contamination is also more likely to increase during and after rainstorms, as we have seen over the last weeks in the Okanagan.

The District of Lake Country is taking measures to enhance beach water quality including participating in the implementation of the valley-wide Goose Management Plan.

A Beach Water Quality Advisory is a notice to people who may come in contact with the water that bacterial levels are currently higher than those allowed in the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. Swimming is not recommended due to high bacterial counts in the water. If water is ingested, swimmers may develop gastrointestinal illness, skin rashes, eye, ear and throat symptoms. The very young, the very old and people with weakened immunity are the most susceptible.

When a Beach Water Quality Advisory is in place, signage will be posted at the affected beach. Once testing shows bacteria levels have returned to acceptable levels the Advisory will be lifted and the signage removed.

Protect yourself by:

  • Avoiding swallowing lake water
  • Avoiding swimming with an open cut or wound
  • Avoiding swimming for 24-hours after a significant rainfall
  • Staying away from the water if you are experiencing digestive or intestinal problems
  • Washing your hands before handling food

For more information on beach water quality, contact Interior Health at 250-862-4200 or visit interiorhealth.ca or www.lakecountry.bc.ca/utilities.

Find information about the District’s other waterfront parks at www.lakecountry.bc.ca/parks.