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(Posted 8:30 a.m., July 13)
Vamos a la play: Petrie Island water quality at all time high

By Fred Sherwin

The beaches at Petrie Island are experiencing high water quality levels this summer thanks to the recent hot, dry weather. File photo

The 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.

The 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.

Needless to say, the low bacteria counts and cleaner water has resulted in higher numbers at the beach.

Daily 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.

Brigit 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.

"We've 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."

With 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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