Further Update on the Water Quality at Silver Lake

NOTICE – August 3, 2018, 3:20pm: We want to provide residents with an additional update on the water quality at Silver Lake in Lillas Fawcett Park.

Further to online posts last week, we have completed further testing for the presence of Blue Green Algae in Silver Lake. Water samples were taken on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and were analyzed at an accredited laboratory in Montreal on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The results showed no presence of Blue Green Algae. We consulted with the New Brunswick Department of Health throughout the week, and they have also confirmed the sampling results.

Our weekly water sampling program for E. Coli at Silver Lake continues. Our sample taken on Thursday, August 2, 2018 was reported today, and was well below the Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines.

We want to assure residents that we take recreational water quality matters seriously. We are very pleased with the results of our recent sampling and want to thank residents for their continued efforts to keep our recreational water clean. Our weekly sampling program will continue throughout the summer, with any additional testing for Blue Green Algae being undertaken as needed, under the guidance and advice of the Departments of Health and Environment and Local Government.

We encourage all lake users to be cautious when using any body of water used for recreational purposes. Users should follow the safety advice recommended by the chief medical officer of health, which are available here: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2018.07.1032.html

Any necessary advisories pertaining to the water quality at Silver Lake will be posted on our website, Twitter and Facebook page, as well as at the beach at Silver Lake. In the meantime, the warm weather continues, so get out, get active and enjoy the water!