During the summer months, Porcupine Health Unit inspection staff monitor the conditions and the water quality of public bathing beaches. Every week, the beach water is tested for Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. When water sample results show unacceptable levels of E. coli bacteria, warning signage will be posted at the beach to warn users that it is not safe to swim in the beach’s water.
Please note: The beach water status is only representative of the water quality on the date that it is sampled.
Swimming in water where bacteria levels are higher than the recommended limit can increase the risk of infections including:
It is not recommended to swim for two days after a heavy rainfall as this can cause high levels of bacteria in the water. Beach conditions can change frequently as a result of environmental factors and weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind condition, and presence of birds/aquatic life. The presence of birds can also increase the chance of Swimmer's Itch.
Occasionally, a beach closure is issued due to chemicals, high levels of E.coli, sewage spills, growth of blue-green algae or when other conditions exist that make the beach’s water unsafe or unsuitable for use by the public.
Human and animal activities around beaches can introduce pollutants into the water. To help improve beach water quality:
|Community||Beach||Status||Date of Sample||Type of Inspection|
|Cochrane||Commando Lake||2020-06-29||Routine monitoring|
|Hearst||Johnson Lake||2020-06-29||Routine monitoring|
|Porcupine||Porcupine Lake||2020-07-02||Routine monitoring|
|Timmins||Gillies Lake||2020-07-02||Routine monitoring|
|Timmins||Hersey Lake||2020-07-02||Routine monitoring|