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September 26, 2014

 

Please note: Seasonal recreational water sampling for 2014 is now over. Please check back in May 2015 for updated recreational water reports.  For additional information, please contact your local Health Protection Office.

 

Recreational water quality: Current conditions for beaches in Fraser Health

Public Beaches are monitored for physical hazards and sources of contamination. Regular water samples are collected during the spring and summer months, to monitor the bacteriological quality of the water to determine whether or not a beach is in compliance with the "Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality."

Beach operators are directed to post warning signs if the beach conditions are considered unsatisfactory for physical, chemical, or biological reasons.

Definitions

Primary Contact Area:A primary contact area as defined in the “Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality” is where the whole body or the face and trunk are frequently immersed or the face is frequently wetted by spray, and where it is likely that some water will be swallowed. This includes swimming, surfing, waterskiing, whitewater canoeing/rafting/kayaking, windsurfing or subsurface diving.

▲ Satisfactory - Geometric mean of less than or equal to 200 E.coli bacteria / 100ml.

▲ Unsatisfactory - Geometric mean of greater than 200 E.coli bacteria / 100ml. Swimming is not recommended.

Secondary Contact AreaA secondary contact area as defined in the “Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality” is where activities in which only the limbs are regularly wetted and in which greater contact (including swallowing water) is unusual. This would include activities such as rowing, sailing, canoe touring, fishing etc. Showering and hand washing after direct contact with water is recommended.

▲ Satisfactory - Geometric mean of less than or equal to 1000 E.coli bacteria / 100ml

▲ Unsatisfactory - Geometric mean of greater than 1000 E.coli bacteria / 100ml. Direct contact with water is not recommended.

Frequently asked questions

For more information, visit our Recreational Water Quality Frequently Asked Questions.


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