Beach water checking begins
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.