Beach Water Sampling Begins

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is set to begin beach testing next week.

On June 11th, nine area beaches will be sampled for dangerous E. coli bacteria.

Public Health Inspector Jenny Tan says E. coli comes from animal and human waste and the levels in the water can change depending on the weather.

Sample results will be posted to the health unit's website and hotline by Wednesday morning.

For those beaches closed because of high E. coli counts, the water will be re-tested on Thursday with results updated by Friday afternoon.

Tan told AM800's 'The Afternoon News' that swimming in contaminated water can lead to a less than desirable outcome. "They may get diarrhoea, fever, nausea, vomiting and/or stomach cramps," says Tan.

The main way people would get sick would be from swallowing contaminated water but it's not the only way according to Tan. "The germs can enter through the ears, eyes, nose or through broken skin as well and if people were to get sick with E. coli, they would normally get stomach and intestinal illnesses," she says.

The health unit's beach sampling is set to continue through to mid-September.

The number to call for the water sample results hotline is 519-258-2146 ext. 426.


With files from AM800's Patty Handysides