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Beach water quality monitoring has ended for 2020
E. coli Outbreak: There have been 7 confirmed cases related to Valens Lake Conservation Area
Hamilton Public Health Services monitors the recreational water quality at public beaches each year for levels of E. coli bacteria and Blue-Green Algae (cyanobacteria).
Public Health Services monitors beaches annually from the beginning of June until the end of August.
Beach water quality testing
Public Health services monitors beaches in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline 2018 and the Recreational Water Protocol 2018 under the Ontario Public Health Standards. As outlined in the above protocols, beach samples are collected and tested for E. coli bacteria during the swimming season. Note: The sampling frequency of Lake Ontario beaches has been reduced to once per month due to a history of water quality consistently testing below the threshold for posting a beach and in accordance with the Recreational Water Protocol, 2018.
Beach sampling results cannot be guaranteed accurate as conditions can change quickly depending on the weather. You should not swim at the beach during and after storms, floods or heavy rainfall. Cloudy water may indicate high levels of bacteria.
For more information on ways to stay safe at the beach, visit the Canadian Red Cross’s website.
To report safety hazards at the beach please call 905-546-2489.
Beach water quality test results
High numbers of E. coli in the water at public beaches indicates contamination with feces and the potential presence of other harmful microorganisms in the water. The provincial standard is 200 E. coli bacteria cells per 100 ml of water or 200 colony forming units per 100 ml.
E. coli concentrations at or above the standard could cause an increased risk of infection. Swimming in these waters could cause infections in ears, eyes, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.
- Bayfront Park Beach, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton
- Beach Boulevard, Beach Boulevard, Hamilton
- Binbrook Conservation Area Beach, 5050 Harrison Road, Binbrook
- Christie Conservation Area Beach, 1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas
- Confederation Beach Park, 680 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton
- Pier 4 Park Beach, Bay Street North at Leander Drive, Hamilton
- Valens Conservation Area Beach, 1691 Regional Road 97, RR 6, Flamborough
- Van Wagner's Beach, 180 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton
Beach monitoring reports
Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) provide an annual update report regarding recreational water quality monitoring at Hamilton’s public beaches and the activities undertaken by stakeholders to improve the water quality at these beaches.
- 2019 Beach Monitoring Report for Hamilton (PDF, 330 KB)
- 2018 Beach Monitoring Report for Hamilton (PDF, 564 KB)
- 2017 Beach Monitoring Report for Hamilton (PDF, 686 KB)
- 2016 Beach Monitoring Report for Hamilton (PDF, 129 KB)
- 2015 Beach Monitoring Report for Hamilton (PDF, 305 KB)
For more information, contact:
Phone the Safe Water Hotline: 905-546-2189
Email: [email protected]
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