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Merimbula Lake safe for swimming

Merimbula Lake.27 October 2017

Council has completed mandatory testing of the water in Merimbula Lake following the sewer leak on Monday.

Council staff undertook testing of the water quality yesterday, and is satisfied the Lake is safe for recreational activities; however the mandated 21-day fishing closure remains in place.

Council’s acting Manager of Health, Buildings and Compliance Jonathon Pyke, said that the water sample results demonstrate it is safe for members of the public to use the lake for swimming, boating, kayaking and other similar activities. 

“The water was tested for all forms of bacterial coliforms with the results indicating less than 200 coliforms per 100mls of water, with many samples indicating no coliforms at all,” Mr Pyke said.

“The safe level is mandated at 200 coliforms, so the water quality is well within the required limits.”

Further testing will continue throughout the remainder of the 21-day fishing closure to monitor any changes to water quality.

To report any concerns relating to Council’s water and sewerage infrastructure call 6499 2222 - this service is available 24 hours a day.

Photograph: Merimbula Lake

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