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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.

Information About Short-Term Residential Swimming Pool Rentals by Private Homeowners

There are a number of apps and online marketplace platforms that allow residential pool owners (“hosts”) to rent their pool by the hour to the public (“guests”).  While there are many benefits to aquatic activities, it’s important for pool owners to recognize that these environments can expose bathers to water borne diseases, drowning and injury associated with the design, maintenance and operation of the pool/facility.

Please review the Ministry of Health’s guidance document “Short-Term Residential Swimming Pool Rentals by Private Homeowners”  to read about the roles, responsibilities, liabilities and risks involved with renting out a private residential pool to members of the general public. Please note that the Health Unit does not conduct inspections of residential pools. The Health Unit only inspects Class A, B, or C recreational water facilities as defined in O.Reg 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.