The City of Langford and Island Health are advising residents that swimming and other water activities at Langford Lake’s main beach are not recommended due to poor water quality.
People going to Langford Lake Beach Park, which is located off of Leigh place, are being told not to swim or drink the lake water following higher E. coli counts at the beach. Other water activities are also not recommended at the beach.
However, the Goldstream sampling site had satisfactory results so the rest of the lake is open. The main beach is being monitored and will be tested again next week. Testing is completed weekly if high levels of bacteria are discovered.
Island Health said public beaches are not technically closed to public access when there is a high level of bacteria but warning signs are posted. Beach advisories are automatically posted when a sample result of over 1000 E. Coli or 175 Enterocci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.
The city said Glen Lake and Florence Lake are still open for swimming.
For the latest beach advisories, visit the Island Health website.