Heading to the beach? You’re in luck – Ottawa’s public beaches will be safe for swimming as of July 4 at 9am. Here’s the latest beach water quality report from Ottawa Public Health:
- Britannia Beach (2805 Carling Avenue) was tested safe for swimming on July 4.
- Mooney’s Bay Beach (2926 Riverside Drive) was tested safe for swimming on July 4
- Petrie Island East Bay Beach (727 Tweddle Road) was tested safe for swimming on July 4th
- Petrie Island River Beach (727 Tweddle Road) tested safe for swimming on July 4
During the summer, Ottawa Public Health monitors E. coli levels at four public beaches. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when one sample contains 400 or more E. coli bacteria per 100 milliliters, or the geometric mean of five samples is 200 or more, according to public health guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. term care.
Collection, transport and testing of beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the most recent data available may not reflect current beach conditions. Swimming is not recommended when it is raining, the water is wavy or cloudy, there are many birds, or two days after a major storm.
Consuming E. coli can cause serious illness, including stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. When high levels of the bacteria are detected, other harmful organisms are more likely to be present, including those that cause skin rashes and eye, ear, nose, and throat infections.
A beach can also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, odors, garbage, sharp debris, and dead fish. In addition, public beaches are monitored for blue-green algae, which can be highly toxic to humans, dogs and other animals.
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This story is automatically generated at 7 AM and updated every hour until 5 PM when new data becomes available using open data from Ottawa Public Health.