July 16, 2021: Interior Health has lifted the beach advisory for Wood Lake after no signs of an algae bloom are visible and two consecutive weekly samples have not contained toxins. 

Please visit Interior's Health's Public Beaches website for information on Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae).

 

July 9, 2021: Interior Health continues to monitor the algae bloom in Wood Lake. Samples taken on Monday, July 5 showed no signs of toxins. While toxins have not been detected at this time, conditions can change so Interior Health offers the following advice to the public: 

  • Avoid all direct contact with the bloom. If contact is made, rinse your body with clean water.
  • Recreational activities, such as swimming, are discouraged.
  • Do not consume drinking water directly from the lake. If your source water intake is Wood Lake, consider using an alternate source for drinking water. Contact your water supplier for more information.
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternate source of drinking water.

Additional information on Cyanobacteria Blooms (Blue-Green Algae) is available at HealthLinkBC:

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/blue-green-algae

Additional information on algae is available on the Ministry of Environment’s Algae Watch website:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/water-quality/algae-watch

 

June 29, 2021: Interior Health continues to monitor the algae bloom in Wood Lake and has indicated that this week's sample contained no toxins. While toxins have not been detected at this time, conditions can change so Interior Health offers the following advice to the public: 

  • Avoid all direct contact with the bloom. If contact is made, rinse your body with clean water.
  • Recreational activities, such as swimming, are discouraged.
  • Do not consume drinking water directly from the lake. If your source water intake is Wood Lake, consider using an alternate source for drinking water. Contact your water supplier for more information.
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternate source of drinking water.

 Additional information on Cyanobacteria Blooms (Blue-Green Algae) is available at HealthLinkBC:

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/blue-green-algae

Additional information on algae is available on Ministry of Environment’s Algae Watch website:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/water-quality/algae-watch

June 25, 2021: Interior Health continues to monitor the algae bloom in Wood Lake and has indicated that this week's samples have contained little to no toxins. Interior Health advises the public to:

  • Avoid all direct contact with the bloom. Rinse your body with clean water if you choose to go in the water. Recreational activities, such as swimming, are not advised.
  • Consider using an alternate source for drinking water if your source water is Wood Lake. Boiling the water will not remove any toxins. Contact your water supplier for more information.
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternative source of drinking water.

June 18, 2021: Interior Health continues to monitor the algae bloom in Wood Lake and advises that the most recent samples have not contained toxins. It is important to note that conditions can change quickly. The public is advised to:

  • Avoid all direct contact with the bloom. Rinse your body with clean water if you choose to go in the water. Recreational activities, such as swimming, are not advised.
  • Consider using an alternate source for drinking water if your source water is Wood Lake. Boiling the water will not remove any toxins. Contact your water supplier for more information.
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternative source of drinking water.

June 11, 2021 - Interior Health continues to monitor the algae bloom in Wood Lake and advises the public to:

  • Avoid all direct contact with the bloom. Rinse your body with clean water if your choose to go in the water. Recreational activities, such as swimming, are discouraged.
  • Consider using an alternate source for drinking water, if your source water is Wood Lake. Boiling the water will not remove any toxins. Contact your water supplier for more information.
  • Consider providing pets and livestock with an alternative source of drinking water.

June 4, 2021 - LAKE COUNTRY – Interior Health is advising residents and people visiting Wood Lake not to drink, swim or bathe in the water and to keep their animals away from the lake, due to the presence of a large algae bloom.


The blue-green algae bloom, which can look like a thick sludge in some parts of the lake, can cause the water to become dangerous to people, pets and livestock very quickly.
For this reason, it is recommended that individuals:

  • Assume the water is not safe for drinking for people or animals. People with water intakes on Wood Lake should use an alternate source of drinking water. Boiling the water will not remove any of the toxins created by the blue-green algae bloom.
  • Do not swim or bathe in the lake. Keep your animals away from the lake. Livestock and pet owners should not allow their animals to go in the water.

Swimming or drinking algae-bloom affected water can cause headaches, nausea, fever, muscle aches, mouth ulcers, red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea.

If you are showing any of the symptoms listed above and believe they may be from exposure to blue-green algae, see a health-care provider.

Additional information on cyanobacteria blooms (blue-green algae) is available at HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/blue-green-algae

Ministry of Environment’s Algae Watch website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/water-quality/algae-watch

Additional information on safe drinking water is available at HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/disinfecting-drinking-water