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Cane Garden Bay beach now safe for swimming

Cane Garden Bay beach. (BVI News photo)

The Garden Bay Beach is now safe for swimming.

The beach was ordered closed last month after the water tested positive for extremely high counts of bacteria.

However, fresh tests were conducted on January 23 and showed that the water is now of ‘excellent quality’ at all sampling sites.

“All bacteria levels are far below the recommended standard levels for coliforms bacteria,” said a media release from the Conservation and Fisheries Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The beach has now officially reopened.

Acting Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer, Kelvin Penn said his team will be conducting further tests for bacteria at the beach.

It was said that the water had initially become contaminated after being exposed to untreated sewage from a non-functioning sewage plant nearby.

The government has announced plans to replace the malfunctioning plant.

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  1. Talk says:

    I guess anouncing plans fixed the water . Ok thats good .

  2. Huu says:

    Can someone tell me why there isn’t water at Sophie Hole after 5 months.

  3. Talk says:

    We will be the first into the water after the ministers and their families

  4. Wha says:

    This is like jaws,whwn rhe politicians are asked yo get in first then the sheep follow.

  5. ;) says:

    Just like that the water is good again? Hmmmm, that was quick!

  6. Ok says:

    Now if you lazy people could put your garbage in the dumpster and not just dumped wherever is convenient for you.

  7. Sam the man says:

    That was mighty quick! , but many will avoid this area for bathing until it is clarified what is happening with the sewage as the plant hasn’t been replaced yet? Be clear – where is the untreated sewage going to? until that is explained CGB will remain an area to avoid by those in the know….the Jaws reference above was funny and sad but true – all politics, but peoples safety and health are not to be played with!

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