Recreational Water


Recreational water use is popular is Grey and Bruce counties, these activities can deliver important benefits to health and well-being. Yet, there is the possibility of injury or illness resulting from recreational use if the water is polluted or unsafe. 

Staying safe in and around water requires care and attention. The water safety e-newsletter offers information about drowning and tips on how to stay safe in and around the water: Water Safety E-Newsletter July 4, 2017

Disease causing organisms such as Legionella and Pseudomonas can be present in hot tubs or spas, while Giardia and Cryptosporidium may be present in pools and natural bodies of water, among many other organisms capable of causing human illness. Keeping up-to-date on inspection results, acknowledging beach postings, and following the tips on the Beach Sampling Results page can help keep you safe from these illnesses.


Public Pools, Spas, Splash Pads, Wading Pools, and Water Slides

Regulations and guidelines set out minimum standards to provide clear, clean water and safe conditions for bathers in public swimming pools, spas, wading pools, and water slides. The Health Unit carries out an inspection and education program in these facilities. Our staff will provide advice to individuals operating a spa or swimming pool regarding proper disinfection levels, water chemistry, and safety. Operator manuals for Spas and Public Swimming Pools are available for download.  For more information follow the link below.


Public Beaches

The water at many public beaches is sampled during the summer bathing season to monitor bacterial levels. Beaches are posted with warning signs when bacterial levels exceed standards set out by the Ministry of Health or where a risk to health is expected. For more information, including sampling results follow the links below.



Public Pools, Spas, Wading Pools, Splash Pads, Water Slides

Public Beaches

Beach Sampling Results

Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches


Healthy Lakes and Inland Watercourses Information Session Presentations (May 4, 2017)

Shoreline Stewardship

Healthy Lakes and Rivers - Pine River Watershed Initiative Network

Cyanobacteria in the Province of Ontario

Healthy Lake Huron

Erosion Control In Agriculture and Why It Matters

Cyanobacteria and Toxins



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