8:30 a.m., July 13)
a la play: Petrie Island water quality at all time high
By Fred Sherwin
beaches at Petrie Island are experiencing
high water quality levels this summer thanks
to the recent hot, dry weather. File photo
recent hot, dry weather has had a positive impact on the
water quality at Petrie Island this summer lleading to
25 straight days of excellent swimming conditions.
bacteria counts have ranged between a low of three parts
per million and a high of 62 parts per million. The provincial
guideline for swimming is 200 parts per million while
the city's uses a standard of 100 parts per million.
to say, the low bacteria counts and cleaner water has
resulted in higher numbers at the beach.
visits to the beach are up nearly double what they were
last year. The improved water quality is especially good
news for parents of young children.
Fortier was at the island on Tuesday were her two young
children age 5 and 9. Both were playing in the water oblivious
to the contraversy that has raged over Petrie Island's
water quality during the past four years.
been down her twice so far," said the Fallingbrook
resident. "We don't have a pool at home and the kids
were bouncing off the walls."
the current heat wave expected to last through the weekend,
Petrie Island is an ideal destination for people looking
for a break from the oppressive heat. The forecast for
Saturday calls for a high of 36 degrees Celcius which
is equivalent to 106 degress Farenheit.
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