Swimmers can take to the water again at Taghum Beach Park as a swim advisory issued ten days ago has been lifted.
“We’re happy to report that the water at Taghum Beach is once again safe for swimming,” said Cary Gaynor, parks operations supervisor for the Regional District of Central Kootenay. “Given the warm weather, we’re sure this will be happy news for park users.”
The advisory was issued August 2 after tests have found bacterial counts that exceed Health Canada guidelines.
The regional district collects water samples from the beach weekly and analyzes them for fecal coliform bacteria. Swimming in water with unacceptable bacteria levels can increase the risk of ear, nose and throat infection or stomach illness.
Similar advisories were issued in 2010 and 2012 and lasted a week or two.
The beach is downstream of the City of Nelson’s sewage treatment plant, but the regional district has previously stated it can’t verify any link.