The swimming advisory for Burfoot Park Beach has been lifted because the elevated bacteria levels that showed up in the water earlier in July have dropped.
On July 18, Thurston County officials posted signs at Burfoot Park advising park visitors to avoid contact with the water, although the beach was never closed for swimming. Those advisory signs have been removed, according to a news release.
“While the health risk at Burfoot Beach was relatively low for most people in this case, we wanted to be sure that people visiting the beach had good information and were aware of the situation,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “We want people to have a good experience and enjoy the water safely.”
For more information about water-borne illnesses and other swimming hazards, visit the county health department’s web page at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/illness_hazards.html.