UPDATED: Swim Advisories Lifted
A swim advisory has been issued for the Port Sydney Beach and Muskoka Bay Park in Gravenhurst after water samples collected on July 2nd showed high levels of E.coli bacteria. The Health Unit says bacteria levels can increase in recreational beach water due to heavy rainfall, cloudy water, a large number of swimmers, a large number of birds, shallow water, wet sand, wind and high waves.
The most recent water samples showed bacteria in numbers that may increase the risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. The Health Unit says that if you choose to swim during a swimming advisory avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water.
Town of Huntsville swimming lessons programmed for Port Sydney beach have been moved to the Centennial Pool at Canada Summit Centre at regularly scheduled times until the advisory is lifted.
UPDATED - July 5th: The swim advisories have both been lifted.