Swimming not recommended after bacteria found in Haapsalu Väike Viik Lake

Väike Viik in Haapsalu,
Väike Viik in Haapsalu, Source: Juhan Hepner/ERR

It is not safe to swim in the water at Haapsalu Väike Viik in Western Estonia as there is a too much escherichia coli in the water, tests carried out by the Health Board (Terviseamet) last Thursday show.

The bacteria causes a stomach virus if ingested.

The county newspaper Lääne Elu wrote new tests will be taken on Thursday, July 23 and until then, the Health Board and Haapsalu City Government recommend people do not swim there.

Last week the Health Board also tested the Paralepa and Vasikaholmi beaches, Österby and Dirhami harbor and Roosta beach on July 2 - the quality of the waters was found to be good.

Two weeks ago the escherichia coli was found at kakumäe beach in the Haabersti district of Tallinn. In recent days cyanobacteria, a different bacteria, has seen several beaches in Tallinn and Pärnu declared unfit for swimming.

Last week's warm weather has created the idea conditions for the bacteria to flourish.


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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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