Closure lifted at Klineline Pond

However, health officials still advise against swimming or wading in the water

VANCOUVER — Clark County Public Health has lifted the closure at Klineline Pond but has issued a warning for the swim beach. Health officials advise against swimming or wading in the water at Klineline Pond.

Public Health closed Klineline Pond to swimming and wading on Tuesday, after routine testing revealed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. Public Health has continued to monitor the swim beach. Test results from water samples taken on Wednesday showed improved water quality.

Additional water samples were collected this afternoon. Public Health will lift the warning at the pond if results from those samples confirm the water quality has improved.

Test results and information about current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beaches website.

Salmon Creek Regional Park and the splash pad, which uses municipal water, were not affected by the closure and remain open to the public. Water within the restrooms and shelters is not affected by the pond water and is safe to drink.

While recreating at swim beaches and pools, consider these recommendations to help protect yourself and others from illness:

• Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
• Stay out of the water if you have an open wound that is not covered by a waterproof bandage.
• Do not swallow water.
• Take children for bathroom breaks every hour.
• Keep children who are not toilet trained out of the water.
• Wash hands with soap and water after using the bathroom.

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