Heading to the beach? You’ll want to stay out of the water at Bluffer’s, Center Island, Kew-Balmy, and Marie Curtis Park by 10 a.m. July 20. Here’s the latest beach water quality report from Toronto Public Health:
- Bluffer’s Beach (1 Brimley Road South) was tested unsafe for swimming on July 19
- Center Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested unsafe for swimming on July 19
- Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) was tested safe for swimming on July 19
- Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto Islands) was tested safe for swimming on July 19
- Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto Islands) was tested safe for swimming on July 19
- Kew-Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) was tested unsafe for swimming on July 19
- Marie Curtis Park Beach (2 42nd Street) was tested unsafe for swimming on July 19
- Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) was tested safe for swimming on July 19
- Ward’s Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 19
- Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East) was tested safe for swimming on July 19
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.
Collecting, transporting and testing 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 undulating 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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