Clevedon Marine Lake gets ‘excellent’ water rating

PUBLISHED: 07:24 25 September 2018

Clevedon Marine Lake.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Marine Lake. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Clevedon Marine Lake has been given a clean bill of health following a successful draining process.

Swimmers were warned to take extra care when swimming in the lake, off Salthouse Road, for more than two weeks after traces of E.coli – which causes vomiting and diarrhoea – were found in the lake in August.

Thirty volunteers joined the Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS) to drain and refresh the lake on September 8 with 30 million litres of sea water from the Severn Estuary.

A further 12 more overtopping tides over the following six days helped to restore the lake to its former glory.

On September 17, a water sample was taken from Marine Lake following the series of tides and results showed the water quality to be ‘excellent’.

A MARLENS spokesman said: “We cannot keep Clevedon Marine Lake the way it is without this kind of support. It was fantastic to have so many volunteers pitch up and get stuck in.

“The early evening overtopping tide was a great spectacle too, attracting a good crowd to watch the in-flow, all done and dusted in just 30 minutes.”

The August outbreak of E.coli was the second bout in as many months, with an initial warning issued to swimmers in July.

Swimmers were advised to cover open cuts and wear earplugs if they chose to take the plunge, although this was advised against.

The drain freshened the water and gave volunteers the opportunity to clean out the splash pools and lake bottom – with various long-forgotten belongings being found – and further overtopping tides will continue to keep the lake fresh and free of future bacteria outbreaks.

The tides in Clevedon can rise to more than 15 metres from low water on spring tides, which not only overtop the seawall to refresh the lake water but also the lower promenade.

The charity group is behind the 2015 restoration of Clevedon Marine Lake and helps to run it for the community as a heritage public space. The group works all year to make improvements and provide facilities for its visitors.

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