Updated: July 21, 4:50 p.m.
The Sudbury & District Health Unit has removed the swimming advisory signs at the following beaches:
- Kagawong Village Beach, Manitoulin Island
Maple Ridge Sandy Beach, Manitoulin Island
The most recent water samples taken at the beaches by the Health Unit are within acceptable bacteriological water quality standards for bathing beaches. As a result, the beach water quality is once again considered suitable for recreational use at these beaches.
The Health Unit takes routine water samples every week during the summer from 35 local beaches. For information about beach water quality, visit www.sdhu.com.
Swimming advisories have been issued for both Kagawong Village Beach and Maple Ridge Sandy Beach on Manitoulin Island.
As a result of routine water samples exceeding the acceptable bacteriological water quality standards, the Sudbury & District Health Unit has posted swimming advisory signs to inform the public that the beach water quality is not suitable for recreational use at this time.
A swimming advisory is a precautionary notice that informs the public about specific risks to health and safety.
Going into the water when bacteria are present in high concentrations puts bathers at risk for infections. Illness can occur if swimmers swallow beach water; if water gets into their ears, eyes, or nose; or if it comes in contact with open wounds.
“We have enhanced our monitoring and will continue taking water samples,” said Cynthia Peacock-Rocca, a manager in the Health Unit’s Environmental Health Division.
The Health Unit will notify the public when the bacterial levels return to acceptable standards for bathing beaches. For information about beach water quality, visit www.sdhu.com.