The lower sections of the Cowichan River should not be used for swimming, wading, tubing or any other recreational water activities due to higher levels of bacteria.

So says Island Health’s medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island Paul Hasselback.

He adds the bacteria levels exceed the Canadian Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality because of last week’s rainfall and more tests will be done on the river’s water within the next couple of days.
Hasselback explains what could happen if you go in the water.
Island Health strongly recommends that no activity occur downstream from the Allenby Road Bridge.