Some algae is visible at the swimming ponds at Millennium Park. Photo: Betsy Kline

Some algae is visible at the swimming ponds at Millennium Park. Photo: Betsy Kline

City of Castlegar says Millennium Ponds safe, in spite of algae

Water samples are regularly sent to Interior Health

The City of Castlegar is assuring residents that the Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds are safe for swimming, in spite of some recent algae in the water.

“We have heard concerns about the algae in the water and we want to assure swimmers the water is safe,” says Director of Municipal Services, Chris Hallam. “Our team is looking at options to control the algae and we’re hoping to see a reduction in the algae soon.”

Algae, which is a naturally occurring water plant, may not look pretty but it is not harmful to people and it does not indicate poor water quality.

The city regularly tests water quality at the ponds and submits the results to Interior Health for review, following the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. All tests this year have met the guidelines.

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