The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit conducts beach water quality monitoring at nine public beaches at least once a week from June to September. (Photo courtesy of WEC Health Unit)

Beach water quality reports have started for the summer

Only one beach is closed in Windsor-Essex this week but it’s not because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported on Wednesday that Holiday Beach in Amherstburg is shut down because of unsafe beach conditions related to erosion that may result in injury.

The health unit tested the water on Monday and said all other eight beaches are open and safe for swimming. Bacterial levels are below provincial standards at those eight beaches.

The health unit has started conducting beach water quality monitoring at all nine public beaches at least once a week. The testing runs from June to September to make sure that the bacterial (E. coli) counts in the water are below provincial standards. Beach sampling will take place every Monday and results will be released every Wednesday during the summer.

If the beach is closed due to high E. coli levels, it will be resampled on Thursday of the same week.

The health unit does not recommend swimming after a heavy rainfall even if the beach is open for swimming.