Public Health Cautions Water Contact at Lake Ming

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 02:37:34-04

Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Public Health Services has issued a no contact advisory for the water at Lake Ming effective immediately. Recent samples of lake water indicate that potentially harmful levels of bacteria are present.  

The presence of bacteria is an indication of contamination.  Bacteria present in high concentrations in recreational water, such as Lake Ming, can be ingested or enter through a cut or sore on the skin.  These bacteria can cause disease, infections, or rashes. 


Advisory signs have been posted around Lake Ming to warn visitors of the potential danger of contact with the water.  “Issuing a no contact advisory is a preventative measure” says Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services. “We will continue to test and monitor bacteria levels.”

Water testing will continue to occur. Once the bacteria levels are reduced below harmful levels, the advisory signs will be removed from the lake.