E.coli discovery to close Marine Lake for weeks

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2018

Marine Lake

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Swimmers have been warned to stay out of Clevedon’s Marine Lake until next month after the second discovery of E.coli in a matter of weeks.

The seafront lake was temporarily closed in July after traces of the bacteria, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, were found in the water.

A number of people who had been swimming there had complained of ear infections caused by the bug.

The discovery forced the Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS), a charity which maintains and promotes the lake, to warn people to stay out of the water.

Overtopping tides were expected to refresh and cleanse the lake, but due to recent rain washing animal faeces and other bacteria into the Bristol Channel this has not happened.

MORE: E.Coli forces July closure of lake

Now MARLENS has again urged people not to swim in the lake until the next spring tide – almost three weeks away.

Its chairman Joe Norman 
said: “We have tested the water since the spring tides and it still has too high a level of E.coli and bacteria.

“It is well above the level of good water quality (set) by the Environment Agency.

“Throughout the period of overtopping tides we have had heavy rain washing stuff off nearby fields and into the lake.

“Visitors need to be aware that if you go in you may end up with a tummy bug or ear ache.

“We have to wait until the next spring tide which is on September 8, so the lake will stay in this state for the next three weeks.”

Marine Lake has also been hit by antisocial behaviour incidents in recent weeks.

Earlier this month a large bonfire was created on the promenade which was so hot it damaged part of the surface by the old pump house.

A MARLENS spokesman said: “Fortunately a volunteer discovered the remains when arriving to swim and cleared away all the debris including firewood containing nails, bottles and shards of glass.

“The life-saving rings have also been found strewn and knotted on the ground, both lakeside and on the upper promenade.

“This is not only antisocial behaviour but it is potentially harmful to others and has caused structural damage.”

There has also been a report of a pushbike being ridden into the water off the island in the centre of the lake.

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