Water Safety | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Water Safety

Recreational Water

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under six years of age. To learn more about how to prevent drowning around the home, at the cottage, and when visiting family and friends, click here.

Do you have a pool? Are you getting a pool?

Backyard pools continue to be the number one setting where children under age 5 most often drown. Help prevent drownings with proper pool fencing.

Let's Fence It Up!
Safer pool fencing could stop 7 out of 10 drowning incidents in home swimming pools for children under age 5.

What can you do?

Below are recommendations, please check with your local municipality for the specific requirements for pools in your area as they may vary.

1. Get a Fence:  4 sided: install a fence around the entire pool, leaving no direct access to the pool from the house; Minimum 1.22 metres (4 feet); make sure the fence is hard to climb and that there is no space underneath to crawl.

2. Get a Gate:  Close it up, install a self-closing gate.  Latch it up, install a self-latching gate.  Lock it up, use a lock on the gate when your pool is not in use.

Backyard Pool Safety Situational Assessment Results (Executive Summary PDF, Full Report PDF)

Beach Water Quality

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s Environmental Health Department monitors public beaches in accordance with the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline.  We collect and submit water samples for testing from municipally designated beaches from May to September each year.

Beach postings occur when water is contaminated with bacteria that are potentially harmful to the health of swimmers. A beach may also be posted because of floating debris, oil, scum, or excessive weed/algae growth.

Swimming at a posted beach may increase your risk of developing infections of the eye, ear, nose, throat, skin, or intestine.

Municipally designated beaches in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

Weekly Beach Report

The 2019 beach sampling season has ended and will resume in May, 2020.  
Go to our on-line report:  Weekly public beach report
Or call our automated Beach Info-Line at:  613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 652.
For reports on provincial park beaches in this area:

Lake St. Peter

North Beach



Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae are a natural part of our environment but contact with it should be avoided as some algae blooms may release toxins.  The following notice is posted at some of the area public boat launches and marinas.


Public Pools, Spas, Wading Pools, and Splash Pads

Recreational water facilities are inspected by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in order to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 565/90 (Public Pools).  Owners of public pools and spas must notify Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in writing after construction or alteration (does not include routine maintenance or repair or replacement of existing equipment) or any closure that lasts for more than four weeks.  Click here to access the pool/spa notification form.


Related Links:

Admission Standards

Bather Load - Class B Pool

Camp Safety Plan Template

Class C Facility

Daily Pool Log

Daily Spa Log

Emergency Response

Pool Fouling Response

Safety Equipment Checklist-Public Pool

Safety Equipment Checklist-Public Spa

Signage Requirements-Public Pool

Signage Requirements-Public Spa

Testing Requirements-Public Pool

Testing Requirements-Public Spa