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

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

Nanaimo’s Westwood Lake closed to swimming

Bacteria count prompts precautionary closure until further notice

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.



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