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UPDATE: Swimming advisory lifted at Penticton beach

High levels of E.coli prompted advisory for Okanagan Lake beach near S.S. Sicamous
A swimming advisory has been posted for the western portion of Okanagan Lake beach in Penticton due to high levels of E.coli. (City of Penticton)

The City of Penticton, in conjunction with Interior Health, has lifted the swimming advisory for a section Okanagan Lake beach between the S.S. Sicamous and Power Street.

On Monday, the city had made the advisory after a sample test identified higher-than-normal levels of E.coli bacteria.

Signs were posted at the beach stating that the water quality is poor and swimming is not recommended at that location at this time.

A Swimming Advisory is a notice to swimmers that bacterial levels (E. coli) are currently higher than those allowed in Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. This test found 1,500 colony-forming units of E. coli per 100 ml sample, which is above the maximum allowable number of 400 per 100 ml sample.

Interior Health determined that bacteria levels have returned to acceptable levels.

For more information about water quality at Penticton’s beaches, visit

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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