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Parks in Blind River and Thessalon under swimming advisory

The advisories do not mean the beach is closed. They are in place to let swimmers know about the water conditions at the time of the sample
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Algoma Public Health (APH) has issued a swimming advisory for both Sellers Park located in Blind River and Lakeside Park located in Thessalon. Water samples are taken from Sellers Park and Lakeside Park every week. 

Test results of samples taken on June 24 and June 25, 2019 respectively contained high levels of bacteria. It is unsafe to swim at beaches with increased levels of bacteria. When sample results return to safe levels, the advisory will be removed. 

Weather may affect water quality. Water may contain high levels of bacteria for up to 48 hours following heavy rainfall, high winds, or increased number of birds. 

Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming. They let swimmers know about the water conditions the day the sample was taken.  Swimming in water with high levels of bacteria can cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections, as well as stomach illness if water is swallowed.

Algoma Public Health encourages the public to visit the Beach Warnings section of our website to view an interactive map of the beaches sampled and current warnings or postings.

To reduce your risk:

  • Avoid swallowing beach water
  • Towel off after a swim, and
  • Shower once at home.

Learn more about recreational water