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The Healthy Beach Program helps ensure safe water quality for users of public beaches. Water sampling is typically conducted between June and September, and the information gathered is available to assist the public in making informed decisions when selecting a public swimming area.
Lakes are untreated bodies of water and carry some risk due to pollutants and other environmental factors. Public Health Inspectors respond to water quality issues, including blue green algae (algal blooms) and elevated bacteria levels, to ensure risks are addressed as quickly as possible.
Monitoring of beach water quality has ended for the season. Monitoring will resume in June 2023.
For more information about the program, including sampling criteria, please read the Healthy Beach Program FAQ.
To report a health or safety concern at a public beach, contact your local Public Health Inspector.
Please note that closures can happen on evenings or over the weekend and may not be immediately reflected on this website. Please always follow the notifications posted at the beach.
Not all public swimming areas in Saskatchewan are monitored every year. Historical data and an environmental health assessment may indicate that only occasional sampling is necessary. For public swimming areas that are deteriorating, more frequent monitoring of the area will occur. This approach allows health officials to concentrate their resources on beaches of questionable quality and respond accordingly. Every public swimming area is sampled at least once every five years.
Factors affecting the microbiological quality of a water body at any given time include type and frequency of contamination events, time of day, recent weather conditions, number of users of the water body, and physical characteristics of the area. Selection of sampling areas and time of sampling is affected by length of bathing area, presence and frequency of point and non-point sources of fecal contamination, influences of local weather, physical characteristics of the bathing area, and presence of bathers.
|Water is suitable
|Recreational water is considered to be microbiologically safe for swimming when single sample result contains less than 400 E.coli organisms in 100 millilitres (mLs) of water, when the average (geometric mean) of five samples is under 200 E.coli/100 mLs, and cyanobacteria or their toxins at concentrations <10µg/L, and/or when a significant risk of illness is absent.|
|Caution. Algal blooms observed.
||A potential blue-green algal bloom was observed in the immediate area. Water at this beach may be unsafe for people and pets. Swimming is not recommended; contact with beach and access to facilities is not restricted. Resampling of the recreational water is required.|
|Water is not suitable
|A single sample result containing ≥400 E.coli/100 mLs, an average (geometric mean) of five samples is >200 E.coli/100 mLs, an exceedance of the guideline value for cyanobacteria or their toxins >10 µg/L and/or a cyanobacteria bloom has been reported.|
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