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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Seasonal beach water testing begins

The beach water quality at 35 public beaches in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts is being tested weekly by the Sudbury & District Health Unit to ensure that the water at the beaches is acceptable for swimming.

If water samples show elevated concentrations of bacteria, the Health Unit will post signs warning the public that the beach is unsafe for swimming. Up-to-date information about the status of each beach is also available on the Health Unit’s website.

The water samples collected are analyzed for E. coli bacteria, which normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of this bacteria above acceptable levels can be an indication of fecal pollution, which could come from stormwater runoff, pets, or wildlife. If a swimmer ingested water that had high concentrations of E. coli, they could experience an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting.

When warnings are posted at a beach, the Health Unit also starts collecting daily samples to monitor the water quality at the affected beach. The swimming advisory signs remain at that beach until tests show that the bacteria levels are acceptable.

Keeping children safe in and around water:
? Actively supervise children in and around water.
? Keep young children within sight and arms’ reach.
? Make sure young children and weak swimmers wear personal floatation devices (for example, life jackets) at all times.
? Pay attention to any signs posted as they will have important information to keep you and your children safe.
? Try not to swallow the water because it could make you or your children sick.

For more information, visit or call the Health Unit at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
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