Coastal water quality inspection



During the period from June 27 to August 30, 2020, water samples are collected daily from monitored beaches in the city of Ottawa to test for E. coli bacteria. When the level of E. coli in the water is found to be high, it appears that there are other organisms that cause the disease. These organisms can cause skin, ear, throat or gastrointestinal infections.


Beach and COVID-19 transmission

Swimming on a public beach in Ottawa is not considered a significant risk factor for COVID-19 transmission. Water is not the preferred route for the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus is transmitted over short distances (up to 2 m) through the respiratory tract of an infected person (coughing, sneezing, screaming, singing, talking, breathing), by contact with an infected person, or by contact with a surface. That an infected person has been touched (now, contaminated fingers bring the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth).

To minimize COVID-19 transmission when on a public beach or in a park:

  1. Practice physical ancing from others in areas that are not within at least 2 meters from other members of your group, spare rooms, and laundry rooms.
  2. Practice physical distance while having fun on the water, on the beach and in the park and on excursions. Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission is much lower outdoors, there is more concern about the spread, as there may be significant populations, such as in a pool or on the beach.
  3. Physical ancing, wearing face masks, staying home when sick, and practicing good hand hygiene are the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

Coastal Water Testing Results

Water test results are not immediately available as it takes at least 18 hours to process in the laboratory. For this reason, swimming advice is issued based on previous day water sample results, as well as our knowledge of each beach water quality in previous years and how they react to factors such as rainfall and bird activity. If Ottawa Public Health does not recommend swimming at the beach:


The geometric mean water of 5 water samples taken the previous day was 200 e per 100 ml. More than collie (Ontario water quality standard for coastal water quality);

There is a significant rainfall event; or a

We are aware of a situation that can affect the water quality of a beach.

swimming season.

Swim in the monitored area. Lifeguards are on duty every day from 7pm to 7pm during the supervised swimming season.

Avoid going into the water with an open wound.

Do not swallow or swallow water. It is best to keep your head in the water.

Take a shower as soon as possible after swimming and dry your ears thoroughly with a towel.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and purified water or use an alcohol-based hand wash after playing in the sand and before preparing or eating.

As a precaution, take children to the bathroom before entering the water. 

swimming season not recommended


If you choose to fall into the water:


Avoid going into the water with an open wound.

Do not swallow or swallow water. It is best to keep your head in the water.

Take a shower as soon as possible after using the water.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and purified water or use an alcohol-based hand wash after playing in the sand and before preparing or eating.

 



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