Algoma Public Health (APH) has issued a swimming advisory for Sellers Park Beach and Old Mill Beach located in Blind River, Ontario. Water samples are taken from these beaches every week. Test results of samples taken on August 9, 2021, 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.
The weather may affect water quality. Water may contain high levels of bacteria for up to 48 hours following heavy rainfall, high winds, or an 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.