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During the summer, Lambton County beaches provide tourists and local residents with a relaxing place to swim and play recreational sports. To ensure water is safe for swimming, Lambton Public Health conducts a beach water quality program.
A public beach includes any public bathing area owned or operated by a municipality that the general public has access, and where there is reason to believe that there is recreational use of the water (i.e. beach signage, sectioned off swimming area, water safety/rescue equipment, lifeguard chairs, etc.), which may result in water-borne illness or injury as determined by the Medical Officer of Health.
Beaches are monitored to determine pollution levels in the water to prevent illness in bathers. Lambton County's beaches are tested weekly for water quality from the start of June until Labour Day in September.
Water is tested for E.coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria. Samples only indicate the bacteria level at the time the sample was taken. High levels of bacteria increase the risk of skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections/irritations or gastrointestinal illness.
Beaches are also monitored for:
The following beaches are monitored and tested weekly by Lambton Public Health: