Sunset Lake Bathing Beach Declared Safe for Swimming

beach 1The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has lifted the Public Health Advisory for the bathing beach on Sunset Lake at Sunset Lake Park, which was issued on Monday, July 18.

As a result of the bathing beach water-quality sampling program done this year through the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, nine public bathing beaches are monitored weekly for levels of bacteria. Results of samples taken on Monday, July 25, from the bathing beach area between Frakes Street and McKain Street, revealed a significant improvement in surface water quality.  Water quality at this location is now in compliance to Michigan’s Water Quality Standards for total body contact recreation.  Samples collected on July 26, indicate the following bacteriological results:

The geometric mean of all samples collected over the last 30-day period is 81.9 E. coli per 100 ml, which is in compliance with Michigan’s Water Quality Standards for total body contact standard of 130 per 100 ml.

Based upon these sample results, the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department is lifting the public health advisory at the bathing beach area. The village has been notified to resume normal operation and the health advisory signs will be removed.  The county will continue to monitor this location to verify compliance. The next beach monitoring event will take place August 2.

Further information is available on the latest beach advisories and more about the Bathing Beach Monitoring Program at kalcounty.com/eh/bathing-beach.asp.

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