Huron Perth Public Health beach water testing begins

Huron Perth Public Health has begun annual beach water testing at municipally owned and operated beaches across Huron and Perth counties today. 

This year, however, our services will be modified due to HPPH’s COVID-19 response.  Instead of testing beach water twice a week, we will sample one day per week on Wednesdays. If high E. coli counts require beach water to be tested again, resampling will be done on Fridays (and Saturdays) where required. 

Even though HPPH is testing beach water at local beaches, some may be closed to the public as part of COVID-19 restrictions. Prior to going to a Huron or Perth County beach, it is important to check with the local municipality prior to your visit.

Results of E. coli counts, as well as any no-swim advisories, will be posted on www.hpph.ca/beachinfo. Information will also be shared on the Huron Perth Public Health Facebook page, as well as @huronbeachinfo on Twitter. We remind everyone, however, that some beaches are closed to the public and would-be beachgoers must check ahead with the municipality before heading out to a beach.

Detailed information on beach water testing, such as bird counts, weather and other notes, are available at the United Way’s website www.myperthhuron.ca in the “Environment” section. Real time and historical beach water data for all Huron County beaches are also available on www.myperthhuron.ca.

The myPerthHuron website is an online resource which tracks the wellbeing of our communities, where we are doing well, where our communities may be facing challenges, and how quality of life in Huron and Perth compares with the rest of Ontario. It is managed by the Social Research and Planning Council.