No Windsor-Essex beaches closed this week

Sandpoint Beach, April 2022. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says all the region’s public beaches are open, though swimming is still not recommended at one of them.

A warning remains in effect for Mettawas Beach in Kingsville due to a high E.coli count. The health unit releases its weekly beach test results on Thursdays during the beach season.

A beach warning is issued when water tests uncover high bacteria levels that may create health problems for swimmers. A warning, however, is not the same as a beach closing, as access to the sand and Mettawas Park’s amenities are not affected.

Four other beaches, Belle River Beach in Lakeshore, Colchester Beach in Essex, Holiday Beach in Amherstburg, and Sandpoint in Windsor, reported triple-digit E.coli counts, but those beaches are open for swimming.

The remaining beaches, Cedar and Cedar Island Beaches in Kingsville, Point Pelee North West, and Seacliff in Leamington, tested normal E.coli levels this week.

The week’s samples showed no visible blue-green algae at any of the beaches.

All of this week’s samples were taken on Monday. The complete weekly report on beach water testing can be found on the health unit’s official website.