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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . .

Thursday, July 03, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ALGOMA PUBLIC HEALTH

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Algoma Public Health has posted the following beaches as unsafe for swimming:

  • Marks Bay Beach, located on the east side of Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • Havilland Beach, located on Havilland Shores Drive

  • Harmony Beach, located on Harmony Beach Road

The test results of water samples taken July 2, 2014 exceeded the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care bacteriological guidelines for safe swimming/bathing.

The high levels of bacteria found in these samples are due to high winds and heavy rain fall that Sault Ste. Marie experienced in the 48 hours before the samples were taken.

These high levels of bacteria in the water may pose a risk to your health.

The medical officer of health advises that this beach is unsafe for swimming at this time.

When sample results return to safe parameters, the public will be notified.

Algoma Public Health would like to remind area residents that heavy rainfall, high winds, high numbers of swimmers, waterfowl and warm water temperatures can all increase the number of bacteria in beach water.

High levels of bacteria may pose a risk to your health.

Public beaches in the Algoma district are tested weekly for E.coli and posted when they do not meet the Ontario Ministry of Health standards.

Before swimming, take into consideration the past day’s weather and the current conditions of the beach.

The public is encouraged to visit the Beach Warnings section on Algoma Public Health’s website to view an interactive map of the beaches sampled and any current warnings or postings.

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