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Friday, July 6, 2012

Almost Half Beach Testing Results Still Unavailable!

Beach Testing Process Questioned!

Heavy rains,like those recently experienced throughout the region,can cause contamination due to run off,and overflowing storm sewers. There are23 Beaches in our area, however the beach testing process is flawed. this week, results for almost half of the beaches -10 do not have posting information available. The following list of Beach postings for Kawartha Lakes beaches is at best a guideline. The information in this press release received, may not be accurate for current conditions. Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit advised us this spring that testing is usually done on Monday, the samples are then sent to the lab in Peterborough,then 48 hours later they receive the results, and post them to the press. So guess what? A posted beach may mean that your kiddies may have been cavorting in EColi for several days. Another heads up concerns the beach at Dunsford -
Dunsford Beach is not tested! Apparently, Dunsford Beach, although having free access, is not within the mandate of HKPR Health Unit. Something needs to be done to make our Beaches safer,and have a quicker reporting turnaround time than is currently offered. Interested in helping? Contact Omemee Pigeon eFlyer.
Beach Testing Results For City of Kawartha Lakes -
(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reports the following beach testing results for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The information is current for the week of July 03, 2012, and is based on the most recent test results from the provincial lab in Peterborough for water samples taken from these beaches. The Health Unit advises local residents to note:
 Beaches marked as ‘OPEN’ are considered within acceptable levels as set out in the Ontario government’s Beach Management Protocol.
 Beaches marked ‘POSTED’ indicate bacterial levels in the water are higher than those considered  acceptable as set out in the Ontario government’s Beach Management Protocol, making them unsafe for bathing.
 Beaches listed as ‘PENDING’ indicate test results are not yet available. People can call the Health Unit or visit www.hkpr.on.ca for the most up-to-date results on these beaches.
Bexley Township Beaches
Balsam Lake Road Beach OPEN
Coboconk Lions Park Beach PENDING
Bobcaygeon Area
Beach Park OPEN 
Riverview Beach Park OPEN
Carden Township Area
Carden Township Beach OPEN
Foxe’s Beach PENDING
Dalton Township Area
Dalton Township Beach PENDING
Eldon Township Area
Centennial Park East OPEN
Centennial Park West OPEN
Emily/Omemee Area
Omemee Beach POSTED
Fenelon Falls Area
Birch Point OPEN
Bond Street PENDING
Ken Reid Conservation Area OPEN
Killarney Bay OPEN
Long Beach OPEN      
Sturgeon Point Beach Results OPEN
Laxton Township Area
Elliott Falls Beach PENDING       
Head Lake PENDING
Norland Bathing Area PENDING
Mariposa Township Area
Sandbar Beach OPEN
Somerville Township Area
Burnt River Beach – Somerville OPEN
Burnt River Four Mile Lake OPEN 
Verulam Township Area
Centennial Beach – Verulam OPEN
Verulam Recreational Park Results PENDING
For more information, contact a Public Health Inspector in your local Health Unit office or visit www.hkpr.on.ca

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