Lake Whatcom advisory lifted
The Whatcom County health department is lifting the recreational water use advisory for Lake Whatcom in the Strawberry Point and Geneva areas.
Water sampling was conducted subsequent to a sewage spill, which occurred on August 13, 2003. Sample results now indicate that this area of the lake meets existing standards for water recreation.
The health department reminds local residents and users that untreated surface water from Lake Whatcom or any other lake, river or stream, is always considered contaminated.
Residents who use lake, stream or river water as their source of drinking water are advised to consume the water only if it has been treated with both filtration and disinfection.
According to Don Vesper, Whatcom County�s Environmental Health Manager, many waters are contaminated with organisms.
�Even the most pristine mountain lakes and streams are contaminated with disease causing organisms,� he said. �It�s unsafe and unwise for any individual to drink water from a stream or lake without first removing the disease causing organisms.�