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Health Unit Beach Water Testing Begins June 12

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit(HKPR District Health Unit) will be launching its Beach Water Monitoring program, providing regular E. coli test results across the 53 monitored public beaches within County of Haliburton, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County on June 12.

The annual HKPR District Health Unit Beach Water Monitoring program begins June 12 and runs until September 4, 2023 (Labour Day) to test waters at designated beaches and inform the public when elevated levels of E. coli bacteria are identified. As part of this program, HKPR District Health Unit public health staff collect water samples from each beach for monitoring. These samples are then sent to a provincial lab and tested for levels of E. coli bacteria.

The Beach Water Monitoring program results will be updated every Friday on the HKPR District Health Unit’s websitehkpr.on.ca/BeachCheck and social media platforms @HKPRDHU. In addition, warning signs will be prominently displayed at local beaches to inform beachgoers about water safety.

In 2022, HKPR District Health Unit adopted a three-colour system to report beach results:

LOW RISK

The beach is open and safe for swimming.

MODERATE RISK

Serves as a warning that high bacteria counts may be present in the water, and swimming is not advised at that time to prevent potential illness. If individuals choose to swim, they are advised to avoid submerging their heads or swallowing water.

HIGH RISK

Indicates that a beach is closed due to elevated levels of bacteria, rendering it unsafe for swimming.

“It’s alarming to discover that a significant number of beachgoers fail to check our beach water test results before they enter the water,” said Bernie Mayer, Health Protection Manager for the HKPR District Health Unit. “Our 2022 Resident Survey revealed that 69 per cent of respondents did not check the beach water test results before entering the water. Please, enjoy your summer but also prioritize your health. Stay informed, check our website before swimming and have fun!”

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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