Beaches 6 and 11 have a “Swimming Advisory”, due to Sample Plate Counts on Presque Isle State Park.
For public safety, testing of swimming waters is performed twice weekly. According to Erie County Department of Health protocol, if E. coli counts are between 235 and 999 CFU per 100 mL of water, a Swimming Advisory is posted on that beach. The count for Beach(es)11 is/are 240, respectively.
Re-testing has begun, and will be performed daily. A Swimming Advisory will remain until a bacteria count of 235 CFU per 100 mL or less is obtained. Beach areas posted under a Swimming Advisory are still open to the public for swimming, sunbathing, and other recreational opportunities.
During a Swimming Advisory, to reduce the risk of illness, it is recommended that beach users take the following precautions:
- Avoid swallowing lake water; parents monitor your children
- Wash your hands before handling food.
- Avoid swimming if you have a compromised immune system, an open cut or wound, if you are pregnant, or if you are experiencing an illness.
- Minimize water contact if lake levels are high, heavy rains have just ended, or strong winds are blowing from the west.
This advisory only affects beach(s) listed above. Presque Isle has thirteen regulated swimming beaches. The remaining beaches are all open and are available for swimming.