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Water for Recreation

Inspectors make sure that public pools, spas, beaches, and splash pads are safe for your family by inspecting them regularly. If you have a complaint about a pool, call us!

Deciding whether or not to Swim in a Lake?

Before swimming always be aware of recent weather. Heavy rainfall or strong winds increases bacterial levels in beach waters. This may increase your risk of getting an infection. To avoid infection you must be aware of recent weather conditions to decide when you should swim at the beach.

Did it rain heavily yesterday or today?

YES—don’t swim today

NO— Go ahead and swim

Was it very windy and wavy yesterday or today?

YES— don’t swim today

NO—go ahead and swim

Beach Testing for E. coli

The health unit regularly samples 9 beaches during June, July, and August. At least five water samples are collected at each beach and are sent to an Ontario Public Health Laboratory for bacterial analysis. This determines the number of E.coli colonies present in the sample. E.coli in the water indicates the potential presence of disease causing organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

Based on the number of E.coli colonies in the water, a geometric mean is calculated from all the samples taken. If the Geo Mean is higher than 100, it is unsafe for swimming. Remember, the results of these samples aren't received for 2 days, so.......

Before swimming always be aware of recent weather and read the signs posted on the beach.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BEACH WATER SAMPLING HAS ENDED FOR 2017

Click on the beach to see the results

Erieau Public Beach 

Mitchell's Bay Clearville Beach    
Wildwood Beach Howard Township Park West Bates Beach
Erieau Yacht Club Pier Road Beach Getty's Beach

Erieau Public Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 26
June, 19, 2017 Yes No 35
June 26, 2017 Yes No 12
July 4, 2017 No Yes 9
July 10, 2017 Yes No  74
July 17, 2017 Yes No 9
July 24, 2017 Yes No 12
July 31, 2017 No Yes 10
August 8, 2017 No No 42
August 14, 2017 No Yes 9
August 21, 2017 No No 23
August 28, 2017 No No 147

Mitchell's Bay Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 9
June, 19, 2017 Yes No 24
June 26, 2017 Yes No 18
July 4, 2017 No Yes 9
July 10, 2017 Yes No 113
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 33
July 24, 2017 Yes No 67
July 31, 2017 No Yes 15
August 8, 2017 No Yes 16
August 14, 2017 No Yes 35
August 21, 2017 No Yes 97
August 28, 2017 No Yes 69

Clearville Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 19
June 19, 2017 Yes No 27
June, 26, 2017 Yes No 13
July 4, 2017 No No 12
July 10, 2017 Yes No 9
July 17, 2017 Yes No 9
July 24, 2017 Yes No 9
July 31, 2017 No No 9
August 8, 2017 No No 10
August 14, 2017 No No 9
August 21, 2017 No No 9
August 28, 2017 No No 40

Wildwood Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 18
June, 19, 2017 Yes No 13
June 26, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 4, 2017 No No 25
July 10, 2017 Yes Yes 10
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 24, 2017 Yes No 9
July 31, 2017 No Yes 11
August 8, 2017 No Yes 9
August 14, 2017 No Yes 10
August 21, 2017 No No 69
August 28, 2017 No No 59

Howard Township Park West

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 11
June, 19, 2017 Yes No 9
June 26, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 4, 2017 No Yes 86
July 10, 2017 Yes Yes 10
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 24, 2017 Yes Yes 16
July 31, 2017 No Yes 9
August 8, 2017 No Yes 9
August 14, 2017 No Yes 13
August 21, 2017 No Yes 30
August 28, 2017 No No 206

Bates Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No Yes 9
June, 19, 2017 Yes Yes 9
June 26, 2017 Yes Yes 11
July 4, 2017 No Yes 28
July 10, 2017 Yes No 12
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 24, 2017 Yes No 24
July 31, 2017 No Yes 9
August 8, 2017 No Yes 9
August 14, 2017 No Yes 9
August 21, 2017 No Yes 9
August 28, 2017 No No 41

Erieau Yacht Club

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No Yes 47
June, 19, 2017 Yes Yes 20
June 26, 2017 Yes No 15
July 4, 2017 No No 47
July 10, 2017 Yes Yes 15
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 51
July 24, 2017 Yes No 120
July 31, 2017 No Yes 9
August 8, 2017 No Yes 11
August 14, 2017 No Yes 9
August 21, 2017 No Yes 9
August 28, 2017 No Yes 9

Pier Road Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 9
June, 19, 2017 Yes Yes 11
June 26, 2017 Yes Yes 11
July 4, 2017 No No 160
July 10, 2017 Yes No 17
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 24, 2017 Yes Yes 9
July 31, 2017 No No 11
August 8, 2017 No No 14
August 14, 2017 No Yes 9
August 21, 2017 No Yes 9
August 28, 2017 No No 107

Getty's Beach

 Date Rainfall 24 hrs Water is Clear Geo Mean
June 12, 2017 No No 52
June, 19, 2017 Yes No 40
June 26, 2017 Yes No 19
July 4, 2017 No Yes 11
July 10, 2017 Yes No 162
July 17, 2017 Yes Yes 11
July 24, 2017 Yes Yes 11
July 31, 2017 No No 12
August 8, 2017 No No 9
August 14, 2017 No Yes 13
August 21, 2017 No No 19
August 28, 2017 No Yes 9

 



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Contact Information
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit-Environmental Health Department
435 Grand Ave. W., PO Box 1136
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.352.7270 ext. 2902
Fax:
519.352.2166
Contact Information
 
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit-Environmental Health Department
435 Grand Ave. W., PO Box 1136
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.352.7270 ext. 2902
Fax:
519.352.2166
Contact Information
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit-Environmental Health Department
435 Grand Ave. W., PO Box 1136
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.352.7270 ext. 2902
Fax:
519.352.2166
Contact Information
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit-Environmental Health Department
435 Grand Ave. W., PO Box 1136
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.352.7270 ext. 2902
Fax:
519.352.2166


Last updated:
Friday, September 1, 2017
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