Ottawa’s public beaches are safe for swimming (July 22)

Go to the beach? You’re in luck: Ottawa’s public beaches are safe for swimming as of July 22 at 7 a.m. Here’s the latest beach water quality report from Ottawa Public Health:

  • Britannia Beach (2805 Carling Avenue) tested safe for swimming on July 21
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach (2926 Riverside Drive) was found safe for swimming on July 21
  • Petrie Island East Bay Beach (727 Tweddle Road) was found to be safe for swimming on July 21
  • Petrie Island River Beach (727 Tweddle Road) tested safe for swimming on July 21

During the summer, Ottawa Public Health monitors E. coli levels at four public beaches. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when a 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 US Department of Health and Long-Term Care. Ontario.

Collecting, transporting, and testing beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the latest available data may not reflect current beach conditions. Swimming is not recommended when it rains, the water is rough or cloudy, there are many birds, or for 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 as well, including those that cause skin rashes and infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.

A beach may also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, odors, litter, sharp debris, and dead fish. Additionally, public beaches are monitored for blue-green algae, which can be highly toxic to humans, dogs, and other animals.

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