Our beach water surveillance for 2015 has begun. We will be sampling area beaches weekly during the summer to test for E. coli. E. coli is an “indicator organism” that may indicate the presence of harmful bacteria, parasites, and/or viruses.
Although we sample beach water weekly for surveillance purposes those sample results are only an indicator of the condition of the water at the time of sampling. It is important to know that beach water quality can change day-to-day and even hour-to-hour. We know weather conditions are a leading influence on water quality as bacteria levels in the water always increase after heavy rain and strong winds.
We want to remind everyone that before you swim -be aware of recent weather to make an informed decision to swim safe.
Do not swim in beach water for at least 24 hours after heavy rainfall or strong winds.
You should also be aware of signs posted on the beach:
- The Advisory sign says “High levels of bacteria are found in these waters after heavy rainfall or strong winds.” This permanent sign reminds you that you can decide to swim safely in these waters unless there has been heavy rain or strong winds in the last 24 hours.
- A Warning sign tells you that it is unsafe to swim at the beach since the 5 year historical water sample results show consistent high levels of bacteria in the water. Swimming in these waters must be avoided.
- The Closed sign tells you the beach is unsafe. You must not enter the beach or the water when you see a closed sign.
Once again this year the we will be posting the weekly water sample surveillance results on the Chatham-Kent Public Health Beaches page.
Chatham-Kent Website – Beaches
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Note – For the summer of 2016 the beaches to be monitored are:
- Clearville Campground – East Kent
- Wildwood Beach – East Kent
- Howard Beach – East Kent
- Bates Beach – South Kent
- Erieau Beach– South Kent
- Erieau Yacht Club – South Kent
- Pier Road Beach – West Kent
- Getty’s Beach – West Kent
- Mitchell’s Bay – North Kent