Sandy Lake Beach closed due to wastewater plant overflow

Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Sandy Lake Beach in Bedford is closed to swimming until further notice due to an overflowing Halifax Water wastewater pumping station adjacent to the lake.

Sandy Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer months. Recent test results indicate bacteria levels at this beach exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines

High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including dogs, birds, wildlife and impacts from climate change, such as high temperatures, lower water levels and decreased rainfall.  Staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to safe levels. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens

For more information on municipal beaches and outdoor pools across the region, please visit our beaches page.

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