The City of Nanaimo is advising Thursday evening that Westwood Lake is closed to swimming until further notice. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Westwood Lake remains closed to swimmers after further testing

Bacteria count still exceeds acceptable levels as of Saturday

UPDATE: Westwood Lake is still off-limits for swimming.

The City of Nanaimo was advised by Island Health today, Aug. 11, that a second test showed bacteria levels still exceeded allowable limits, noted a press release.

“It is important that we keep swimmers safe, so until the levels drop to an allowable limit, we continue to encourage the community to use alternative water recreation areas such as the water parks and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre,” said Damon Johnston, the city’s assistant manager of aquatics, in a press release.

THURSDAY EVENING: People wanting to beat the heat with a dip in the lake will have to go elsewhere.

The City of Nanaimo is advising Thursday evening that Westwood Lake is closed to swimming until further notice due to coliform levels.

Island Health informed the city that the bacteria levels at Westwood exceeds allowable limits and “swimming is not recommended due to poor water quality,” according to a city press release.

“It is important that we keep swimmers safe, so until the levels drop to an allowable limit, we encourage the community to use alternative water recreation areas,” said Damon Johnston, the city’s assistant manager of aquatics, in a press release.

The city said follow-up testing would take place Friday, Aug. 10, with results expected back from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control the the next day.

A Hawaiian Holidaze event that had been scheduled for Friday has been cancelled.

Westwood Lake Park’s trails remain open for hiking and walking.

“I would recomment people go to local water parks and our aquatic centre; those would be the places that I would encourage people to attend to cool down,” Johnston said.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cedar residents protest homeless encampment near Nanaimo River

Residents raise concerns about environmental impact and crime, but offer also assistance

OPINION: It’s important that we exercise our right to vote

If we vote for a competent and collaborative council, the Hub City will thrive, says guest columnist

Discontent City can remain where it is until the end of next month

B.C. Supreme Court judge grants application for an extension to comply with injunction

Clippers bounce back and beat Eagles

Nanaimo defeats Surrey 6-2, next home game is this Sunday, Oct. 21

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So much for ‘say no to drugs’ in Canada

I’m from the ‘users are losers’ generation, says letter writer

UPDATE: Shots fired at house during fight in Nanaimo

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say RCMP

Candidates for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Local government elections are today, Oct. 20

Election 2018: candidate questionnaires

News Bulletin’s questionnaire responses for Nanaimo, Lantzville, school board, regional district

When to vote, where to vote, how to vote

Voting day is Oct. 20, with polls open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Most Read