Beach Water Quality Monitoring

Beach water quality monitoring will resume June, 2017

* 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 Monday. 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 Monday’s sampling are updated every Wednesday 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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