Monday, July 11, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Government Wharf Beach in Musquodoboit Harbour, Eastern Shore, 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 Government Wharf Beach exceed Health Canada guidelines for recreational use.
High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of naturally occurring factors, including weather conditions and waterfowl. Staff will continue testing the water at the beach until bacteria levels return to normal. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens.
The municipality is also advising that the Dingle Beach at Fleming Park, Halifax, has reopened to swimming. Tests earlier this month showed high bacteria levels in the water, but follow up tests show the water is once again safe for swimming, as per Health Canada guidelines.
For more information on supervised municipal beaches and outdoor pools across the Halifax region, please visit www.halifax.ca/rec/aquatics/beaches.php.