Beach Water Quality Results

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Beach is Open

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Bacterial levels are below provincial standards.

Beach Warning

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Unsafe for swimming - High levels of bacteria in these waters may pose a risk to your health.

Beach is Closed

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Unsafe for swimming - High levels of bacteria in these waters may pose a risk to your health.

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Beach Water Testing Results

E.Coli Sampling Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Beach Status E.coli Count Blue-Green Algae Visually Observed Blue-Green Algae Sampling Date* Blue-Green Algae Microcystin Count*
Cedar Beach Beach status is currently Open 69 No Tuesday, September 13, 2016 0.00
Cedar Island Beach Beach status is currently Open 79 No Tuesday, September 20, 2016 0.65
Colchester Beach Beach status is currently Open 57 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.20
Hillman Marsh Beach Beach status is currently Open 10 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.15
Holiday Beach Beach status is currently Open 44 No Tuesday, September 13, 2016 0.71
Mettawas Beach Beach status is currently Open 82 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1.65
Point Pelee West Beach Beach status is currently Warning Open 219 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.15
Sandpoint Beach Beach status is currently Open 31 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.20
Seacliff Beach Beach status is currently Open 26 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.30
West Belle River Beach Beach status is currently Warning 690 No Tuesday, September 27, 2016 0.15

* Please note: sampling for Blue-Green Algae Microcystin is being conducted by the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).

Beach Water Quality Monitoring

The Health Unit conducts beach water quality monitoring at ten public beaches at least once each week from June to September to make sure that the bacterial (E.coli) counts in the water are below provincial standards.

Beach sampling will take place every Tuesday. If the beach is closed due to high E. coli levels, the beach will be resampled on Thursday of the same week. Beach water quality results from Tuesday’s sampling are updated every Thursday during the summer. If the beach was resampled, results will be available by end of day Friday. You can check for results on the map or by calling our Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 426 (H20).

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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