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Swimming Ban Lifted at Purdy Sandspit

July 8, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | July 8, 2010 | The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the "no swimming" advisory for the Purdy Sandspit. Water quality conditions are again safe for swimming and other water recreation activities. This advisory had been in place since October 2008 when a number of failing septic systems were identified or suspected in close proximity to the sandspit. Subsequent testing identified seven failing septic systems. All of the seven sites had numerous constraints and required complicated repairs or new systems.

Recent water samples collected by the Health Department as part of the Marine BEACH sampling program have shown good water quality at the Purdy Sandspit. Also, water samples collected by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) just off of the Purdy Sandspit have shown good results.

NOTE: The shellfish closure issued by DOH for the Purdy Sandspit remains in effect. It is important not to harvest shellfish from this beach.

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