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What's in our lake

Alanna Kelly

Recent curiosity about red-tinged beaches in Kelowna led many to wonder how safe Okanagan Lake water really is.

The City of Kelowna tested water from Cedar Creek Beach and said the unusually coloured rocks were due to a natural process.

An independent water test conducted on April 12 concluded the orange residue is caused by bacteria, and the water deemed safe.

So, we decided to find out just how safe.

Castanet has commissioned its own independent test on water taken from one of the city's most popular swimming beaches to find out just what's in the water – beyond the red bacteria. Find out what you're really drinking and swimming in.

The test from CARO Analytical Services will examine the water for coliform, bacteria, metals, dissolved solids, its alkalinity and Ph, and test for poisons and turbidity.

Test results will take up to a week to be processed, and we’ll reveal those as soon as they come in.



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