Notice from CRD Integrated Water Services:
Extremely heavy rainfall on Sunday evening [March 15] resulted in combined stormwater and
wastewater overflows along the shorelines of Greater Victoria.
Residents are advised to avoid swimming or wading in waters along these shorelines, as the
wastewater may pose a health risk. Wastewater (sewage), heavily diluted by stormwater was
released into the ocean at several outfalls in these areas. The areas affected extend from
Finnerty Point, near Queenswood, south to McNeil Bay, on Beach Drive.
Capital Regional District (CRD) Water Quality is in the process of collecting samples. As a
precaution and in consultation with Island Health and the local municipalities, beaches within
the affected areas will be posted with public health advisory signs until sample results indicate
otherwise. The signage will be removed once the Enterococci levels are below the
70CFU/100mL recreational limit.
– Peter Sparanese, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Engineering & Operations Tel: 250.474.9662