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. In an August 26 media release from the Grey Bruce Health Unit, the levels are in excess of ministry standards.

Bathers are advised that high levels of bacteria in recreational water may pose a risk to their health and they're 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.