The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit is starting weekly water sampling of the area’s public beaches. Monitoring will be done until August 31.
Water quality samples will be taken at St. Lawrence Park, Lyn Valley Conservation Area, South Crosby Beach, Portland Campbell Street Beach, Foley Mountain Beach, Joel Stone Beach, Kendrick’s Park, Lower Beverley Township Park, Bellamy Park, Kelly’s Beach, Merrickville and Westport Sand Lake.
Five water samples will be collected each week. The results will then be analyzed for the presence of E. coli. If the levels exceed bathing water standards, a sign will be posted warning people not to go in the water. The Health Unit will also post the information online.
Research has shown high E. coli levels can increase ear, eye, nose and throat infections in swimmers, according to the Health Unit.