Beaches and Pools

grand parent and two children on the beach, facing the water

Contact(s)

Testing Beach Water

During the summer, public health inspectors sample the public beach water to test for E. coli.

Water quality is affected by rainfall, wave action, water and air temperatures, water fowl, storm water outflows, industrial waste discharges, septic system discharges, and agricultural runoff.

You can't tell by looking at the water if it has E. coli. If the water has high levels of bacteria, you may get ear, nose, eye, and throat irritations, and stomach disorders.

If you or someone you know is ill after swimming at a public beach or complains of swimmer's itch, please call the Health Unit at 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808. 

Beach status

 

The beach water quality testing has ended for the season, should you have any questions, please call us at 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808. Email: environmental.health@healthunit.ca.

What are the signs?

Unsafe for swimming

signage indicating water is unsafe for swimming

This means E. coli bacteria levels are high. It is not safe to swim in the water

 

 Rainfall warning

signage indicating rainfall warning for public swimming

 For 48 hours after a heavy rainfall, the E. coli levels may increase. Stay out of the water after it rains.

 

Swimmer's itch

signage indicating swimmer's itch can be a problem at this beach

This sign means swimmer's itch can be a problem at this beach.

Swimmer's itch may be found in some lakes during the warm swimming season (July, August).  The itch is a reaction to a parasite in the water that causes a rash. Swimmer's itch is not a public health risk. Most cases of swimmer's itch do not require medical attention.

 

Blue-green algae

signage indicating blue green algae has been found at this location

Toxin forming algae has been found at this location.  It is not recommended to swim or allow pets to enter the water at this time.

 

North Bay
Parry Sound
Burk's Falls

345 Oak Street West

705-474-1400

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

705-746-5801

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)

1-800-563-2808