Stay out of the water at Earl Rowe East, Earl Rowe West and Sibbald Point in Ontario (August 5)

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On the way to the beach? You’ll want to stay out of the water at Earl Rowe East, Earl Rowe West, and Sibbald Point starting August 5 at 7 a.m. Here is the latest Ontario Parks Beach Water Quality Report:

  • Zone 1 beach at Wasaga Beach (1 Jenetta Street) tested safe for swimming on July 27
  • Zone 2 beach at Wasaga Beach (6th Street North) tested safe for swimming on July 27
  • Zone 3 beach at Wasaga Beach (11 22nd Street North) tested safe for swimming on July 27
  • Base Lake Beach in Orillia (2540 Bass Lake Side Road East) tested safe for swimming on August 2
  • Darlington Beach in Bowmanville (1600 Darlington Park Road) tested safe for swimming on August 3
  • Earl Rowe East Beach in Alliston (4998 Concession Road 7) was tested unsafe for swimming on August 2
  • Earl Rowe West Beach in Alliston (4998 Concession Road 7) was tested unsafe for swimming on August 2

  • Mara Beach in Longford Mills (181 Courtland Street) was tested safe for swimming on August 2
  • McRae Point Beach in Longford Mills (4366 McRae Park Road) tested safe for swimming on August 2
  • Sibbald Point Beach at Jackson’s Point (26071 Park Road) was tested unsafe for swimming on August 3

During the summer, Ontario Parks monitors levels of E. coli. 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, public health guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Collecting, transporting and testing beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the latest data available may not reflect current conditions at the beach. Swimming is not recommended when it is raining, when the water is rough or cloudy, when there are many birds or for two days after a heavy storm.

The consumption of E. coli can cause serious illness including stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. When high levels of bacteria are detected, it is more likely that other harmful organisms are also present, including those that cause rashes and infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

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

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