Beaches

Beach water quality results are updated each week in the table 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 the water quality since then. 

Blank = No current sample to report

Elgin-St. Thomas

BEACH/LAKE                                         STATUS UPDATED

Port Bruce

3360 Imperial Rd.

Aylmer, ON

GREEN

July 8, 2020

Port Burwell East Beach

1 Robinson St.

Port Burwell, ON

GREEN July 8, 2020

Port Burwell (Provincial Park)

9 Wilson Ln.

Port Burwell, ON

GREEN July 8, 2020

Port Glasgow

8536 Haven’s Lake Rd.

Rodney, ON

GREEN July 14, 2020

Port Stanley (Main)

348 Edith Cavell Blvd.,

Port Stanley, ON

GREEN July 7, 2020

Port Stanley (Erie Rest)

Edith Cavell Blvd.

Port Stanley, ON

GREEN July 8, 2020

Port Stanley (Little Beach)

181 Main St.

Port Stanley, ON

GREEN July 8, 2020

Springwater Conservation Area

8079 Springwater Rd.

Aylmer, ON

GREEN July 8, 2020

 

Oxford

Routine sampling will not be conducted at beaches in Oxford County.

 

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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