Beach wa­ter check­ing be­gins

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Theen­vi­ron­ment min­istry be­gan check­ing the wa­ter at the pub­lic beaches on June 17th and will con­tinue this un­til Au­gust 30th. The

pro­gram aims to in­form the pub­lic about the bac­te­ri­o­logic qual­ity of the wa­ter at the beaches. To take part in the pro­gram, the beaches must re­spond to two con­di­tions; they must be pub­lic and known to be safe.

Dur­ing the 2013 sea­son, the Min­istry will take sam­ples of wa­ter from all par­tic­i­pat­ing beaches. Those beaches that were clas­si­fied with a “D” last year, in other words were pol­luted, will have their wa­ter tested at least five times through­out the sum­mer.

Once a beach re­ceives a “D” rat­ing, a press re­lease is sent to me­dia out­lets to in­form peo­ple that the beach will be tem­po­rar­ily closed. To find out about the qual­ity of the wa­ter at lo­cal beaches, peo­ple can con­sult the web­site of the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry at www.mddefp.gouv.qc.ca. or call toll­free at 1 800 561-1616.

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