WARNING: Do not swim in Clevedon Marine Lake as E.coli levels treble

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 July 2019

Marine Lake, Clevedon.

Marine Lake, Clevedon.

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People hoping to cool off in the hot weather have been warned not to swim in Clevedon Marine Lake after microbiology tests found E.coli levels have trebled.

Clevedon Aquathlon, was held at the lake on Saturday.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Aquathlon, was held at the lake on Saturday. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Examinations of the lake, off Salthouse Road, have found 'decreased' water quality, with heightened levels of bacteria.

Traces of E.coli - which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea - were found in the lake, which will be drained and refilled next week in hope of improving water quality.

The tests, taken on Monday, found E.coli levels had more than trebled in the space of a week - while levels of Enterococci has increased by 69 per cent.

Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS), which manages the lake, has warned against taking to the water.

Its spokesman said: "Latest tests show the water quality has decreased. Swimming is not advised until further notice.

"The lake will be drained on Wednesday."

The spokesman added the lake will be refilled at around 7am the same day.

MARLENS was forced to drain the lake 10 months ago after traces of E.coli were found in the water, and a successful refilling process saw water quality improve.


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