Wa­ter’s great

The Glengarry News - - News -

Peo­ple look­ing to take a dip in or­der to cool off dur­ing this week­end’s pre­dicted heat wave will be pleased to know that most area pub­lic beaches in Stor­mont- Dun­das- Glen­garry, Prescott-Rus­sell and Corn­wall have been deemed safe by the Eastern On­tario Health Unit.

Bathing ar­eas at Alexan­dria’s Is­land Park, as well as Glen­garry Park in South Glen­garry, L'Orig­nal and Voyageur Provin­cial Park have been cleared.

The Eastern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU) sam­ples the swim­ming wa­ter at all local pub­lic beaches through­out the op­er­at­ing sea­son to en­sure it does not ex­ceed the es­tab­lished bac­te­ria lev­els. If bac­te­ria lev­els ex­ceed the safe swim­ming limit, a sign is posted ad­vis­ing peo­ple that the wa­ter is un­safe for swim­ming. Beaches are re-opened af­ter bac­te­ria lev­els re­turn to ac­cept­able lev­els.

The EOHU is not man­dated to test the wa­ter qual­ity of pri­vate beaches. Pri­vate beach op­er­a­tors are re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the bac­te­ria lev­els of their wa­ter.

An el­e­vated bac­te­ria den­sity in the wa­ter is the ma­jor cause of post­ings. The most com­mon bac­te­ria is E. coli, which may in­di­cate the pres­ence of fe­cal co­l­iforms (FC), an or­gan­ism that ex­ists in the fe­ces of vir­tu­ally all warm-blooded an­i­mals.

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