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Our Recreational Water program helps our community to safely enjoy the many beaches, pools, whirlpools, splash pads, wading pools, and waterslides Windsor and Essex County has to offer.

The Environmental Health Department inspects public recreational water facilities such pools, spas, spray/splash pads, and waterslides for compliance to Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools.

The Health Unit also offers a free online training course for pool and spa operators that provides education about pool and spa maintenance, safety, and compliance with the Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools.

Beaches

Each year during the warmer months (June – September), Public Health Inspectors perform a weekly safety assessment and water quality assessment at nine local public beaches. Water samples are tested for E.Coli bacterial counts.  

  • For E.Coli results, call our Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 426 or visit the beach water testing page.
  • Please visit our beach safety page for helpful tips to have a safe day at the beach.

Pools, Spas, Spray/Splash pads and Waterslides

Inspection reports for pools, splash pads, and spas are available here.

The Health Unit also offers a free online training course for pool and spa operators that provides education about pool and spa maintenance, safety, and compliance with the Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools.

Recreational Water Inspection Request (re-opening inspection)

Online Application to Open or Re-Open Recreational Water Facilities

Before opening or re-opening a recreational water facility (e.g. public pool, public spa, public wading pools, spray/splash pads, waterslides) after a closure of 4 weeks or more or after a renovation, you must notify the health unit and apply for an inspection at least 14 days PRIOR to re-opening. Once the Health Unit receives your application, a Public Health Inspector will contact you to arrange for the inspection

COVID-19 Guidance for Recreational Water Facilities by Colour Zone in Ontario’s Framework

Please read the “COVID-19 Guidelines for Re-Opening of Recreational Water Facilities and Beaches in Windsor-Essex County” document for detailed information on measures to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There are also fact sheets available from the Lifesaving Society of Ontario for operators on aquatic protocols for each colour of Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework.

Reference: Lifesaving Society: The Lifeguarding Experts (Ontario)

Please visit the Local Pandemic Status page for information on the current colour that our region is in.