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Health unit starting weekly beach testing program 

Starting Friday, you can check the safety of your local beach before heading out for a swim. 

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is starting its weekly water sampling program. The unit tests 23 public beaches for E. Coli.   

Among the beaches tested is Kelley’s Beach in Prescott. 

Results will be posted on the health unit’s website each Friday until September 1. 

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The health unit says when a beach has a high E.Coli level there’s a risk of ear, eye nose and throat infections.  

It also says the testing program provides just one piece of information beach goers should use to see if they’re comfortable with swimming. People are encouraged to look for the presence of harmful algal blooms and signs of spills that may pollute water.  

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