ADVISORY UPDATE: Swimming safe at Maple Bay Beach, Chemainus Kin Beach and Fuller Lake Park

Public Advisory: Island Health reports that it is safe to swim again at Kin Beach in Chemainus, Maple Bay Beach, and Fuller Lake Park.
 
During periods of hot weather, Island Health tests water at public beaches, and classifies them according to three levels.  

Fuller Lake is considered Tier three.  Tier three captures beaches that many people swim at, where there have been high bacterial counts in the past, and where there may be sources of contamination near the beach. These beaches are sampled weekly during the swimming season. 

Maple Bay Beach and Chemainus Kin Beach are considered Tier two.  Tier two captures beaches that have a moderate number of people swimming at it, a history of occasional poor samples (i.e. one incident of high bacteria over several years) and little chance of contamination. These beaches are sampled every two weeks during the swimming season. 

Cowichan River at Heritage Road is considered Tier one.  Tier One captures beaches that have few swimmers using it, a good sampling history, ( i.e. no incidences of high bacteria in the past) and no sources of contamination. They also have frequent water turn over due to tides, currents or water flow. These beaches are not sampled unless an environmental health officer believes it is necessary to do so.

For Island Health updates, standards, and sampling protocols, please go to: www.viha.ca/mho/recreation/beach_reports.htm