Britannia Beach closed for swimming

By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, June 17, 2018

Britannia Beach has been closed to swimmers after water tested for elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

“When elevated levels of E. coli is detected in the water, it is probable that other disease causing organisms are also present,” said Ottawa Public Health. “These organisms can result in skin, ear, throat or gastrointestinal illnesses.”

Britannia Beach is one of five supervised municipal beaches where water is collected daily for testing. The other four beaches — Mooney’s Bay, Westboro, Petrie Island East Bay and Petrie Island River all have acceptable levels of E. coli.

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