August 19, 2016
Pittock posted for elevated bacteria
Reservoir posted as unsafe for swimming following latest beach water quality test
UPDATE (August 31, 2016): Oxford County Public Health has removed the adverse water condition signs at the Pittock Reservoir as bacteria levels are below the acceptable limit. Stay up to date on water quality on the beach water quality webpage.
Oxford County Public Health is warning the public not to swim in the Pittock Reservoir following the latest beach water quality test results. E-coli bacteria levels have tested above the provincial standard (100 E.coli or less per 100ml of water) at Pittock this week. As a result, signs have been posted warning the public that the level of bacteria in the water may pose a risk to your health if you choose to swim.
Contact with E. coli bacteria and other disease causing bacteria can lead to skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections or gastrointestinal illness. The elevated presence of E. coli bacteria in water is an indicator of fecal contamination from either animals or people or both. The beach will remain posted until test results indicate that the water quality meets the bathing beach water standard.
Public health staff collects samples from local recreational waters for testing every week from June to Labour Day. Beach water quality results are available on the Oxford County Public Health beach water quality webpage.
If you have health questions or concerns about water-related illness, please ask your doctor or call Oxford County Public Health at 519-539-9800 or 1-800-755-0394.
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Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050 and becoming a zero waste community. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture forms a cornerstone of the County’s economy, which boasts 55,000 jobs in a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector bolstered by its location at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403. The County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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