**** Halifax Media Release
Kinsmen and Government Wharf Beaches to remain closed to swimming
The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the following beaches will remain closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water:
· Kinsmen Beach in Lower Sackville
· Government Wharf Beach in Musquodoboit Harbour
Beginning today, all other municipal beaches and the outdoor pools at the Halifax Common and Bedford (Shore Drive) will be open to the public.
Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised and four unsupervised municipal beaches during the summer months. Recent test results indicate bacteria levels at these beaches exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines.
High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including dogs, birds, wildlife, and high temperatures. Staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to safe levels. The municipality will advise residents when the beach reopens.
For more information on municipal beaches and outdoor pools across the Halifax region, please visit our beachespage.