The beaches of Halton Region are the perfect summer destination to relax, play and spend quality time together.
I feel so fortunate to live in a region that boasts so many spots for family fun in the water.
Have you ever wondered if the water quality is acceptable for swimming? Do you need to worry about your kids getting ear, eyes, nose and throat infections? What about nausea, diarrhea or vomiting if you swallow water? If any of these unfortunate things happened, it would certainly take a bite out of family fun.
The good news is Halton Region monitors water quality at seven beaches. Here is what you need to know before you pack up and head to the beach:
- For up-to-date beach water monitoring results check the halton.ca website or dial 311 on the day you are going to the beach
- Check for water quality signs posted on the beach before going in the water
- Be aware that beach water quality can change day-to-day, even hour-to-hour following a heavy rainfall or high waves
- Avoid swimming if the water is cloudy (if you can’t see your feet when standing waist deep)
That’s it, pack up for the beach and go have a blast. I’ll see you there! Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
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For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.
today is July 7, halton.ca last updated July 2… is that up-to-date?
Hi Robby, great question! That is the most up-to-date result available at the moment. Halton Region Health Department staff collect a minimum of 5 water samples from each beach once a week to assess water quality. Check back to the website frequently for the most up-to-date results.