Beach Water Testing

How We Monitor

The Health Unit monitors beach water quality at eight public beaches at least once each week from June to September to make sure that bacterial (E.coli) counts are at safe levels for swimming.

Beach sampling will take place every Monday (or Tuesday after a long weekend). If the beach is closed due to high E. coli levels, the beach will be resampled on Wednesday of the same week. Beach water quality results will be posted on this webpage during the summer. You can also check for results by calling our Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1490.

Please note: The bacterial counts listed reflect the conditions at the time of sampling. Water quality can change from day to day depending on the weather conditions and lake levels. Although the beach might be open, we recommend not swimming if there was a recent heavy rainfall (at least 48 hours), if the water is cloudy, or if you are unable to see your feet when in the water.

For further information, call us at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to speak with a Public Health Inspector.

Learn more about beach water quality monitoring and beach safety, or blue-green algae.

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