Local Health Unit To Conduct More Beach Testing

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is adjusting the way it does its beach testing, in hopes that fewer beaches will be closed.

It is moving it sampling days earlier from Wednesdays to Mondays. The beaches that are closed because of high bacteria counts will be retested on Thursday to see if the same conditions persist.

Manager of Health Inspections at the WECHU, Phil Wong, says the changes likely mean more testing.

"Any of the beaches that come back as closed, we will be re-sampling on Thursday just to try and get them open for the weekend so the beach goers can go there and not have to worry," says Wong.

He says the main goal is to re-open closed beaches sooner.

"The intent is to have the beaches open during the weekends so people can use them during the summer season," he says.

Wong says there are several factors to consider and can affect testing.

"Sometimes the beaches are shallow, sometimes the beaches are deeper, that will affect the flow and concentration of bacteria where we sample," says Wong.

Testing began this week and will continue throughout the summer.