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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit: “unacceptable levels of bacteria” in Kelly’s Beach

People looking to go swimming during the long weekend should avoid Kelly’s Beach, according to the local health unit.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has put Kelly’s Beach on their “caution” list, meaning the water isn’t recommended for swimming. The most recent tests on the beach’s water revealed “unacceptable levels of bacteria” in it, making it potentially dangerous to swim in, according to the health unit website. The health unit’s testing process checks five water samples from across the beach for E. coli bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain in people.

The beach was moved to the caution list today. The list is updated once a week on the health unit website during the summer, but today was the last testing day for this year.

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