Algoma Public Health has issued a swimming advisory for Mark’s Bay North and South located in Sault Ste. Marie.

Samples taken on Aug. 10 contained high levels of bacteria, which means it is unsafe to swim at beaches while there are increased levels of bacteria.

When sample results return to safe levels, the advisory will be removed.

The weather may affect water qualityand water may contain high levels of bacteria for up to 48 hours following heavy rainfall, high winds, or an increased number of birds.

Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming. They let swimmers know about the water conditions the day the sample was taken.  Swimming in water with high levels of bacteria can cause skin, eye, nose, and throat infections, as well as stomach illness if the water is swallowed.

To reduce your risk:

• Avoid swallowing beach water

• Towel off after a swim

• Shower once at home

 

From Release