Southampton Beach water quality being monitored

Beach water sampling has identified higher levels of bacterial contamination at the Southampton beach. These results are consistent with the high wave action and turbidity (cloudiness) identified at the time of sampling. The levels are in excess of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care standards.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit advises bathers that high levels of bacteria in recreational water may pose a risk to their health. Bathers are reminded to avoid swimming after heavy rain or in cloudy water.

Swimming in areas that have higher than acceptable bacteria counts can lead to illness especially if accidental ingestion of water occurs.

Re-sampling of the beach water has been carried out to determine the safety of using the beach again.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has been in contact with the Town of Saugeen Shores and the situation will be monitored closely to ensure the safety of residents.

For further information, call Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 or visit our website at