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HRM reminds swimmers to follow rules while enjoying municipal beaches and pools

Halifax Regional Municipality is reminding beach and outdoor pool visitors to follow rules and regulations this season to help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer
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NEWS RELEASE
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
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The Halifax Regional Municipality is reminding beach and outdoor pool visitors to follow rules and regulations this season to help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer.

Lifeguard supervision

There are a variety of beaches, lakes, and outdoor pools across the Halifax region, many of which are supervised by trained lifeguards. Daily supervision throughout the summer months at most municipal beaches and outdoor pools is from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents are advised there is no weekend supervision at Malay Falls or Kinap Beach.

For more information on the status of supervised municipal beaches and outdoor pools across the Halifax region, please visit our website. Follow @hfxgov on Twitter to get the latest updates on beach closures and re-openings.

Parking

Parking lot and on-street parking is available at many beaches across the municipality. Beach visitors must follow parking signage. Please ensure vehicles are not left in front of boat launch ramps, fire lanes, or road access points. Motorists who do not follow parking restrictions will be ticketed or towed.

Dog restrictions

Rules regarding dogs vary across municipal beaches. Beach visitors must follow signage outlining dog restrictions and on/ off-leash rules. Dog owners who do not abide by the beach rules will be subject to a ticket from a municipal compliance officer or police officer.

Beach closures due to bacteria

Beach supervisors regularly test the water quality at all municipal beaches during the summer months. If test results indicate bacteria levels exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines, the beach will be closed until further notice.

High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including weather conditions and waterfowl. Staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to normal. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens.

Beach closures due to harmful algae bloom

Algae are microscopic aquatic plants that naturally live in freshwater and saline environments. These organisms can multiply rapidly during the summer, leading to extensive growth called a bloom. Some types of algae produce toxins during blooms and when these blooms decay, the toxins may be released into the water, posing a risk to people and pets.

The municipality proactively closes beaches upon the formation of algae blooms to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful toxins. Staff test water when blooms form at or near supervised municipal beaches during the summer months and will continue to do so until levels return to normal. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens.

To learn more about harmful algae blooms, visit https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/energy-environment/harmful-algae-blooms.
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