Ipperwash Beach has warning posted for high levels of e-coli bacteria

Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health has advised that the Ipperwash Main Beach, after the most recent weekly testing, is unsafe for swimming due to high levels of e-coli bacteria.

Other beaches sampled, which include Grand Bend (north and south beaches), Highland Glen, Bright’s Grove (including Mike Weir Park), Canatara Park, and Pinery Provincial Park were clear.

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
  • 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 visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

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