The regional district has issued a swim advisory for Taghum beach due to poor water quality.

The regional district has issued a swim advisory for Taghum beach due to poor water quality.

Swim advisory issued for Taghum Beach

Swimming is not recommended due to bacterial counts that exceed Health Canada guidelines.

  • Jul. 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a swim advisory at Taghum Beach as water quality is poor.

Swimming is not recommended due to bacterial counts that exceed Health Canada guidelines.

The RDCK collects water samples on a weekly basis at Taghum Beach to test for fecal coliform bacteria (E. coli). Weekly monitoring protects swimmers from illnesses that may be linked to unacceptable bacteria levels, such as ear, nose and throat infection or stomach illnesses.

In keeping with Health Canada’s guidelines for Canadian recreational water quality and Interior Health Authority’s beach water quality notification campaign, the RDCK has posted signage at Taghum Beach to notify the public of poor beach water quality. Warning signs will remain posted until sample results are once again within acceptable limits.

“The RDCK and Interior Health are recommending the public refrains from swimming at Taghum Beach until the beach water quality improves,” said Cary Gaynor, parks operations supervisor at the RDCK.

Please check the RDCK’s website at www.rdck.bc.ca for updates.