The kids will be out of school before you know it, and beach season is upon us. Lifeguards are on duty at most City of Ottawa beaches and outdoor pools starting this weekend. Here are some things you need to know:
- Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day beginning Saturday, June 16 until Sunday, August 26, from noon to 7 p.m. Refer to ottawa.ca for beach locations, descriptions, amenities and recreational programs offered.
- Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality seven days a week at the City’s supervised beaches. Daily water quality results will be available at OttawaPublicHealth.ca, via Twitter at @ottawahealth or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 13219.
- If high levels of e-coli bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued, posted online and tweeted (@ottawahealth). Site signage and flags at each beach will also indicate whether a no-swim advisory is in effect.
- Occasionally a no-swim advisory will be issued following a heavy rainfall. This is due to the increase of surface run-off pushing surface contaminants into the waterway, which can result in increased e-coli levels in the water.
- Smoking and vaping are prohibited on all City properties including beaches.
- Most outdoor pools will open Saturday, June 16, depending on location.
Wading pools will open June 28 or July 3, depending on location. Each wading pool will also host a free special event during the summer. For site-specific schedule information, please visit ottawa.ca.
- Splash pads are now open and in operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working. (City of Ottawa news release)
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