Water samples taken from South Shore in the wake of the appearance of grease balls were well within the accepted standards, Government announced today. The grease balls began to turn up on Monday at Elbow Beach, and were also found on Grape Bay on Tuesday. * Photo by Nicola Muirhead
Water samples taken from South Shore in the wake of the appearance of grease balls were well within the accepted standards, Government announced today. The grease balls began to turn up on Monday at Elbow Beach, and were also found on Grape Bay on Tuesday. * Photo by Nicola Muirhead

Water samples taken from South Shore in the wake of the appearance of grease balls were well within the accepted standards, Government announced today.

The grease balls began to turn up on Monday at Elbow Beach, and were also found on Grape Bay on Tuesday.

As a result Government embarked on a series of beach checks and water samples were taken at more than a dozen sites, including the two beaches affected.

This afternoon a statement from the Ministry of Health and Environment said: "Parks staff performed further beach inspections and greaseball removal on Tuesday afternoon and Department of Health officials took water samples at the same locations as well as Southlands Beach and Church Bay.

 

"Parks cleaned two beaches yesterday afternoon: Elbow Beach and Grape Bay. At 8pm Parks staff attended Elbow Beach (which they had also cleaned in the morning).

"They finished up at Grape Bay at approximately 8:40pm last night. Warwick Long Bay was also checked but found to have no grease balls present.

"This morning the Parks Superintendent attended Elbow Beach and Warwick Long Bay and reported they were clean and free of grease balls.

"Parks attended Grape Bay this afternoon where they removed further grease balls.

"The Department of Health have analyzed Tuesday’s water samples and the results have found that Enterococci counts in these samples were low - ranging from zero to 7 colony forming units per 100 millilitres of water.

"These results indicate that the water quality on these beaches, including Horseshoe Bay, was well within the standard at the time of sampling."

Further water samples have been taken today and the results will be made available to the public tomorrow.

If members of the public spot grease balls we ask that they contact Environmental Health at: 278-5333.