Windsor-Essex beaches cleared for swimming ahead of hot weekend

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Sandpoint Beach in Windsor appears in a file photo. The beach is among nine in Windsor and Essex County that are monitored for E. coli. (Jennifer La Grassa/CBC - image credit)
Sandpoint Beach in Windsor appears in a file photo. The beach is among nine in Windsor and Essex County that are monitored for E. coli. (Jennifer La Grassa/CBC - image credit)

The latest round of lake water testing has turned up good news for beach-goers: All nine local beach areas, including Windsor's Sandpoint Beach, have been cleared for swimming.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), which monitors the beaches for E.coli, has determined that the level of the bacteria found in the water is at acceptable levels and no blue-green algae was observed.

The weekly testing was done Monday and the results are released on Wednesdays. The results come ahead of a weekend where temperatures are expected to hit 31 C on Saturday and 30 on Sunday, according to the Environment Canada forecast.

The health unit says E. coli levels revealed through testing represent a snapshot of when the sampling was completed, not necessarily current conditions.

The health unit recommends not swimming for at least two days after a heavy rainfall.

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