Area beaches tested ‘safe’ this week

beachesIn a practice that is now standard through the summer months, the County of Lambton Medical Officer of Health is advising there were no beaches identified as being unsafe for swimming this week.

Lake Huron beaches sampled include Grand Bend (North Beach and South Beach), Highland Glen, Bright’s Grove (including Mike Weir Park), Canatara Park, Pinery Provincial Park and Ipperwash Main Beach.

While no sampling occurs along the St. Clair River, a caution sign advising high bacterial levels following heavy rainfall has been permanently placed at Seager Park, Branton Cundick Park and Brander Park.

It should be noted that following heavy rainfall, the water at area beaches may be temporarily polluted for up to 48 hours. Also, if the water has become cloudy due to wave activity, bacteria from the bottom may become suspended and increase the risk of illness.

Sampling continues and updates will follow as necessary.

Water quality information is available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week by calling the Beach Water Quality Information Line 519-383-3816, toll free 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3816 or by visiting www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

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