Thursday, July 16, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.
Beach supervisors test the water quality weekly at all supervised municipal beaches during the summer months. Recent test results indicate bacteria levels at Birch Cove exceed Health Canada guidelines for recreational use.
High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of naturally occurring factors, including weather conditions and wildlife, particularly waterfowl. Staff will continue testing the water quality at the beach until bacteria levels return to normal. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens.
For more information on supervised municipal beaches and outdoor pools across the Halifax region, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/rec/Aquatics/Beaches.php.