The province will inspect the area around Bayswater Beach to see if there is a specific source causing high levels of bacteria in the ocean water.
“We have asked the regional office of the Department of Environment in Bridgewater to conduct an assessment of the beach to identify factors that could be contributing to higher bacteria counts,” said Dr.
Richard Gould, medical officer of health. “While this may be a naturally occurring case of bacteria in surface water, the situation warrants a closer look to determine if there is another source that can be addressed.”
The beach has been closed to swimming since Aug. 14.
Inspectors cannot enter private property unless there is a visible threat to the environment. If a source of contamination is found, staff can order the property owner to fix the problem to stop the impact on the environment.