There haven’t been too many good days to hit the beach so far this summer, but water quality hasn’t been the reason.
The city has issued only two no-swimming advisories due to E.coli, at its beaches so far this summer, compared to 15 it had issued by the end of June last year. In July 2006, it issued another 37 advisories. And there were a total of 72 no-swimming advisories issued between the four city beaches last summer.
Both advisories this year were for Britannia beach, on the weekend of June 22 and 23.
Water at city beaches is tested every morning before 10 a.m. and results are usually returned from the lab by 10:30 a.m., according to Jean-Guy Albert, with Ottawa’s public health department. The city will close a beach if the test results indicate more than 200 E. Coli in 100 milliliters of water.