The CRD has issued a wastewater discharge notice for several beaches in and around the Victoria after heavy rainfalls over the past two days.
The warning comes after heavy rainfalls resulted in combined stormwater and wastewater overflows during the evening of January 6 and early morning of January 7.
Residents are advised to avoid swimming or wading, or allowing pets in the water along these shorelines, as the wastewater may pose a health risk.
The areas affected are:
- Between Tarn Place and Seaview Road in Oak Bay and Saanich
- Between Arbutus Cove Lane and Telegraph Bay Road in Saanich
- Between Fraser Street and Victoria View Road including Macaulay Point in Esquimalt
- Between Trafalgar Park and Radcliffe Lane including McNeill Bay in Oak Bay
- Between Hollywood Place and Cook Street including Clover Point in Victoria
Public health advisory signs were posted at beaches in the affected areas and will remain there until enterococci levels dropped below the permitted recreational limit.
“As a precaution and in consultation with Island Health and the local municipalities, beaches within the affected areas will be posted with public health advisory signs until sample results indicate that enterococci levels are below the 70CFU/100mL recreational limit,” the CRD said in a statement.