Algoma Public Health (APH) has issued a swimming advisory for Beech Beach and Big Point Park located on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, east of Sault Ste. Marie.
Water samples are taken from Beech Beach and Big Point Park every week. Test results of samples taken on July 23, 2018 contained high levels of bacteria.
It is unsafe to swim at beaches with increased levels of bacteria. When sample results return to safe levels, the advisory will be removed.
Weather may affect water quality. Water may contain high levels of bacteria for up to 48 hours following heavy rainfall, high winds, or increased number of birds.
Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming. They let swimmers know about the water conditions the day the sample was taken. Swimming in water with high levels of bacteria can cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections, as well as stomach illness if water is swallowed.
Algoma Public Health encourages the public to visit our website to view a map of the beaches sampled and current warnings or postings.
To reduce your risk:
- Avoid swallowing beach water
- Towel off after a swim, and
- Shower once at home.
Learn more about recreational water.