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Health unit to tweet swimming conditions

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is trying to make it easier for people to check the conditions at local beaches by launching a Twitter feed for beach testing results.
The health unit will be tweeting its water testing results through a dedicated Twitter account, @WDGBeachTesting, which will let people know if a beach is posted with a recommendation not to swim until conditions improve.
“Swimming in water contaminated with bacteria can lead to diarrhea and infections of the eyes, nose, throat, ears and skin,” local medical officer of health Dr. Nicola Mercer said in a news release.
Beaches, including those at Guelph Lake, the Elora Quarry and Belwood Lake, are tested once a week, unless bacterial counts exceed Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care standards. Those that exceed standards get a second round of testing to confirm results, the release said.
Test results will be updated on the WDGPublicHealth.ca website and on Twitter every Wednesday and Friday until the end of August.

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