Heading to the beach? You’ll want to stay out of the water at Center Island, Marie Curtis Park, and Sunnyside starting August 5 at 3 p.m. 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 August 4.
- Center Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested unsafe for swimming on August 4
- Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) was tested safe for swimming on August 4.
- Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto Islands) was tested safe for swimming on August 4
- Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto Islands) was tested safe for swimming on August 4
- Kew-Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) was tested safe for swimming on August 4.
- Marie Curtis Park Beach (2 42nd Street) tested unsafe for swimming on August 4.
- Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) was tested unsafe for swimming on August 4.
- Ward’s Island Beach (Toronto Islands) was tested safe for swimming on August 4
- Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East) was tested safe for swimming on August 4.
During the summer, Toronto Public Health monitors E. coli levels at 11 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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This story is automatically generated at 7:00 AM and periodically updated until 3:00 PM when new data becomes available from Toronto Public Health.