Swimming advisory issued: Manitoulin Island

KAGAWONG–Signs have been posted at the following beach advising against swimming at this time:

•  Kagawong Village Beach, Manitoulin Island 

Routine water samples taken by the Health Unit exceeded the acceptable bacteriological water quality standards for bathing beaches. 

“We have enhanced our monitoring and will continue taking water samples,” said Cindy Peacock-Rocca, a manager in the Health Unit’s Environmental Health Division. 

Going into the water when bacteria are present in high concentrations puts bathers at risk for infections. Illness can occur if swimmers swallow beach water; if water gets into their ears, eyes, or nose; or if it comes in contact with open wounds.  

The public will be notified when the bacterial levels return to acceptable standards for bathing beaches. For information about beach water quality, visit www.sdhu.com.