Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Municipal beaches across the Halifax region open for the summer season today; however, Dingle Beach in Halifax will remain closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.
Municipal employees regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches during the summer months. Recent test results indicate bacteria levels at Dingle Beach exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines.
High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including weather conditions and wildlife, particularly waterfowl. In this instance, the heavy rain on Sunday evening is believed to have affected water samples taken at the beach on Monday.
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/Beaches.php.