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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