Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality

High levels of E. coli detected in sampling

Swimmers looking to take a quick dip at Langford Lake’s main beach will have to go elsewhere.

The main beach, off of Leigh Place, was cordoned off Thursday with temporary orange fencing. An advisory posted nearby noted the City of Langford had been advised by Island Health of poor water quality.

An Island Health spokesperson confirmed samples taken this week revealed a spike in E. coli counts at the beach. However, results from the Goldstream sampling site had satisfactory results so the rest of the lake will remain open.

Island Health will continue to monitor the lake and will test again next week. Testing takes place weekly if a high count is discovered, every two weeks if the count is medium or monthly if low.

Water activities are not recommended at the main beach at this time and the City is asking residents to not swim in or drink the lake water.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection can take three or four days to present after exposure to the bacteria. They include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting. Healthy adults usually recover within a week from the infection but young children and seniors have a greater risk of developing complications from the infection.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

City of LangfordIsland HealthLangford

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Vancouver Island B.C. Hydro Customers without power

Due to high winds nearly 3,900 B.C. Hydro customer will be out of power

Sidney signs off on 2020 budget with 1.79 per cent tax increase

Budget also includes additional funding for Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Search begins for two missing scouts near Sooke

Crews headed to Jordan River area after receiving call just after 2 p.m.

Scaffolding falls due to strong winds at Millstream Village Sunday afternoon

No injuries or vehicles damaged, according to West Shore RCMP

Cold water swimming a morning ritual for Willows Beach crew

Group turned heads when they slow-walked into the Polar Plunge

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Massive early-morning blaze destroys Vancouver Island home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire at unoccupied residence

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read