Beaches

Southwestern Public Health conducts weekly water quality testing at public beaches from June - Labour Day.

Beach water quality results are updated each week in the tables below and will be posted on Southwestern Public Health’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
 

How to read the beach water sampling results:

RED = High levels of bacteria may pose a health risk. It is not safe to swim.

GREEN = The last water sample taken did not show harmful levels of bacteria, but remember that weather or other factors may have changed water quality since then. 

Blank = No current sample to report

Elgin-St. Thomas

Routine sampling results for July 17, 2018

BEACH/LAKE                                         STATUS

Port Bruce

3360 Imperial Rd.,

Aylmer, ON

GREEN

Port Burwell (Main beach)

Haggerman St.,

Port Burwell, ON

GREEN

Port Burwell (Provincial Park)

9 Wilson Ln.,

Port Burwell, ON

GREEN

Port Glasgow

8536 Haven’s Lake Rd.,

Rodney, ON

 

Port Stanley (Main)

348 Edith Cavell Blvd.,

Port Stanley, ON

 

Port Stanley (Erie)

Edith Cavell Blvd.,

Port Stanley, ON

GREEN

Port Stanley (Little Beach)

181 Main St.,

Port Stanley, ON

GREEN

Springwater Conservation Area

8079 Springwater Rd.,

Aylmer, ON

GREEN

 

Oxford

Routine sampling results for July 20, 2018

BEACH/LAKE STATUS

Pittock Reservoir 

221 Pittock Park Rd.,

Woodstock, ON

GREEN

Lake Sunova

256440 Main St.,

Lakeside, ON

GREEN 

Trout Lake

51 George St.,

Innerkip, ON

GREEN 

Spring Lake

263459 Prouse Rd.,

Mount Elgin, ON

GREEN 

 

About beach water testing

Water is tested for E. coli bacteria, which is an indicator that there is fecal contamination present from either animal or human or both.

E. coli, as well as the presence of other disease-causing organisms, can cause intestinal illness or infections of the eyes, ears, nose or throat.

Weather conditions can also adversely affect water quality. If the water is cloudy from rough water or heavy rains, it may have high levels of bacteria for up to two days. The public is advised to consider recent weather conditions when deciding on whether or not to go swimming.

If water results show a public beach is unsafe for swimming, a warning sign is posted at the beach to indicate the water may pose a risk to your health and swimming is not recommended.

The recreational water quality guideline of 200 E. coli per 100 ml of water is set jointly by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care.

Learn more about how water samples are collected (MOHLTC).

 

Get beach water updates 24/7 through 211

Beach water quality updates are also available through 211, Ontario’s free information and referral service. Dial 2-1-1 to check beach status reports by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have health questions or concerns about water-related illness, please ask your doctor or call Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096.

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