Heading to the beach? Starting at 7am on July 3, you’ll want to stay out of the water at Marie Curtis Park. Here’s the latest beach water quality report from Toronto Public Health:
- Bluffer’s Beach (1 Brimley Road South) was tested safe for swimming on July 1.
- Center Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) was tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Kew-Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) tested for safe swimming on July 1
- Marie Curtis Park Beach (2 42nd Street) tested unsafe for swimming on July 1
- Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) was tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Ward’s Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
- Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East) was tested safe for swimming on July 1.
During the summer, Toronto Public Health monitors E. coli levels at 10 public beaches. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when one sample contains 400 or more E. coli bacteria per 100 milliliters, or the geometric mean of five samples is 200 or more, according to public health guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. term care.
Collection, transport and testing of beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the most recent data available may not reflect current beach conditions. Swimming is not recommended when it is raining, the water is wavy or cloudy, there are many birds, or two days after a major storm.
Consuming E. coli can cause serious illness, including stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. When high levels of the bacteria are detected, other harmful organisms are more likely to be present, including those that cause skin rashes and eye, ear, nose, and throat infections.
A beach can also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, odors, garbage, sharp debris, and dead fish. In addition, public beaches are monitored for blue-green algae, which can be highly toxic to humans, dogs and other animals.
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This story is automatically generated at 7am and updated every hour until 5pm when new data becomes available using Toronto Public Health open data.