Daily Beach Water Quality Results

Beaches will be in operation from Saturday, June 18 to Sunday, August 28, 2016.

During the swimming season, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) monitors recreational water quality 7 days a week at Mooney's Bay, Britannia Beach, Westboro Beach, Petrie East Bay and Petrie Island River Beaches to ensure that the water quality is safe for swimming. 

Lifeguards will be on duty every day from noon to 7 pm during the season.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Location

Results of water testing*

Swim status

Britannia Beach

 

 

36 E. coli per 100 mL of water

Green flag

Swim

Mooney's Bay

10 E. coli per 100 mL of water

Green flag

Swim

Westboro Beach

100 E. coli per 100 mL of water

Green flag

Swim

Petrie Island East Bay Beach

29 E. coli per 100 mL of water

Green flag

Swim

Petrie Island River Beaches

21 E. coli per 100 mL of water

Green flag

Swim

For more information call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744.

Recreational water samples are tested for the presence of E.coli bacteria. When elevated levels of E.coli are detected in the water, it is probable that other organisms - which can pose a risk to your health - are likely present. A no-swimming advisory will be issued if bacteria levels are over 200 E. coli per 100mL of water tested for one day; or if bacteria levels are over 100 E. coli per 100mL of water tested on two or more consecutive days. When a no-swim advisory is in effect, people should not swim due to the risk of getting a skin, ear, throat or even gastro-intestinal illness.

A 24-hour no-swim advisory may be in place at the beaches after significant rainfall.

*Please note Ottawa Public Health collects beach water samples every day. The results take 18 to 24 hours to process in the laboratory, and as such, swim and no-swim advisories are based on sample results taken from the previous day. 

Swim

No-swim
advisory

No-swim advisory
due to rainfall

Green flag Red flag Red flag indicating a no-swim advisories due to rain

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