Feds Warn Swimmers to Not Swallow Lake Water

Uncle Sam routinely issues summer warnings about boating safety, wearing sunscreen and not diving into unknown waters.

Now the government is adding a recommendation that swimmers not urinate or defecate or drink the water in chlorinated pools and freshwater lakes.

The cause for alarm is last summer’s outbreak of norovirus infections at a popular lake in Oregon.

During the July 11-13 weekend, about 15,400 people visited the Blue Lake Regional Park in Multnomah County, Oregon, which features a swimming beach, “splash pad” water spray area and boating.