THUNDER BAY – HEALTH – This summer, the Health Unit will be testing only those beaches that meet the definition of a public beach as defined in the Ontario Beach Management Protocol. These beaches include:
- Sandy Beach at Chippewa Park
- Main Beach at Boulevard Lake
These two beaches meet the protocol which defines a public beach as a beach area owned and/or operated by a municipality which the general public has direct access to, or allows supervised aquatics programs, or is staffed by lifeguards that meets the requirements of the sampling protocol for sampling sites.
Local beaches officially open the evening of Friday June 27, 2014 and will be tested weekly until the end of August.
If water quality testing results indicate higher than acceptable E. coli bacteria levels, a swimming advisory may be posted at the beach by staff from the City of Thunder Bay.
Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming. They let swimmers know about the water conditions. Swimming in water with high levels of E. coli can cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections, as well as gastrointestinal illness. To reduce your risk, avoid swallowing beach water and towel off after a swim and shower once at home.
The public should be aware that a permanent swimming advisory will be posted at the Main Beach at Chippewa Park. This decision was made by Health Unit staff as historical water quality testing results have consistently exceeded acceptable E.coli bacterial levels.
Information on all swimming advisories issued by the Health Unit will be available on the seasonal Beach Line at 624-9082 or toll free 1-866-607-3337. These results will also be available at TBDHU.COM by clicking on the Environmental Health page.
For information about beach water quality, a public health inspector can be reached at 625-5900 or 1-888-294-6630.