Harrison’s lagoon health warning lifted

Bacterial count returns to safe levels after advisory

Swimmers, get ready to don your swim caps once again.

The water quality in the Harrison lagoon has returned to safe levels, lifting a warning posted in late July advising swimmers to avoid the area.

“On Thursday (Aug. 1) the water quality test indicated the water had returned to normal safe levels and the advisory was lifted,” Ian Crane, Harrison chief administrative officer said this week.

The notice had read: “Warning: water does not meet Fraser Health standards for swimming or wading until further notice.”

A high bacterial count was to blame, and it happens periodically when they have prolonged bouts of hot weather, said Crane.

“It doesn’t happen every year. But it’s definitely not the first time.”

Fraser Health officials treat the lagoon of the fresh water lake like a swimming pool, testing the water quality on a regular basis.

“Because of the heat last week, the coliform bacteria levels for wading and bathing were exceeded,” said Crane last week. “It’s caused by the water fowl swimming around in there.”

Fraser Health did not order Village officials to close the lagoon as a result of the test results showing elevated bacterial levels, but they were required to inform the public of the situation.

“Which we did,” said Crane.

How about recent reports on social media about leeches?

“There was a report on the Internet. There may be. It’s a natural body of water.”

How about Swimmer’s Itch?

“We have signs posted about that as well.”

The summer nuisance called Swimmer’s Itch is caused by tiny snail larvae that are found the fowl feces that burrow into the skin. Outdoor shower facilities are also available on the beach to help prevent the itchy skin condition.

-with files from The Progress