Wastewater Discharge at Gyro Beach

December 22 2017 

From Matthew McCrank, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Operations
CRD Integrated Water Services 

Victoria, BC- Heavy precipitation caused combined stormwater and wastewater overflows along some shorelines in Greater Victoria on December 19, 2017.  
As a result of these discharges, residents were advised to avoid entering the waters along the affected shorelines. Water samples have been taken and results indicate this issue has now been resolved for most areas. Beach closure signs have been removed from the vicinity of Macaulay Point in Esquimalt, Clover Point in Victoria, McMicking Point, Hood, Humber and Rutland in Oak Bay, and Finnerty Cove in Saanich. 

Following consultation with Island Health, the public health advisory signs remain in place at the beaches in the vicinity of Saanichton Bay in Central Saanich. 

These signs will remain in place until sample results indicate enterococci levels are below the 70CFU/100mL recreational limit. Residents are advised to avoid entering the waters along the affected shorelines, as the wastewater may pose a health risk.  
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