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2017 Community Bulletin: Beach Safety

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Why we test beach water
Where to check for beach warnings
Top factors that affect beach water quality
Be safe around the beach

Throughout the summer Algoma Public Health (APH) tests 31 beaches in the Algoma District for the bacteria E.coli.

Each week, water samples are collected and tested to show if E.coli is found in the water. If the E. coli levels are above the provincial standard, we advise the public to avoid swimming in the water.

In 2016, there were only 8 warnings for unsafe E.coli levels.

Where to check for beach warnings


Top factors that affect water quality:


  • Amount of rainfall and intensity
  • Water temperature
  • Air temperature
  • Wind speed and direction

Be safe around the beach:


  • Towel off vigorously after water use to help prevent swimmer’s itch, a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to parasites where waterfowl (ducks/geese) are present.
  • Avoid littering and pick up after your dog to help keep the ground and water safe and clean.
  • Apply enough sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Swim in water levels that you are comfortable with. 


Date Created: August 4, 2017