Beach water samples
Water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria as this bacteria is commonly found in feces of warm blooded animals (including humans) and consuming this bacteria may cause illness. Beach water samples are collected to monitor the quality of the water and compare the results with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.
Samples are classified as:
- Satisfactory: Samples taken over a 30-day period contain an average of LESS THAN or EQUAL TO 200 E. coli bacteria/100ml.
- Unsatisfactory: Samples taken over a 30-day period contain an average of MORE THAN 200 E. coli bacteria/100ml, and/or a series of single sample results EXCEED 400 E. coli bacteria/100ml.
Note: if a beach is not listed, it means the beach is not routinely sampled.