Five Durham beaches unsafe for swimming

Test results for the week of July 27 indicate that five beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels.

Beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming when elevated levels of E. coli exceed the provincial standard of 200 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

**A Blue Green Algae Advisory sign has been posted at Elgin Pond due to the identification of a small blue green algal bloom. Therefore, water samples were not collected this week from Elgin Pond for testing.

The Health Department reminds the public not to swim in beach water for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall, as bacteria levels can increase due to run-off.

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