Toronto’s public beaches are safe for swimming (June 29) | News

Heading to the beach? You’re in luck — Toronto’s public beaches are safe for swimming as of June 29 at 12 p.m. Here’s the latest beach water quality report from Toronto Public Health:

• Bluffer’s Beach (1 Brimley Road South) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Centre Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Kew-Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Marie Curtis Park Beach (2 42nd Street) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Ward’s Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East) tested safe for swimming on June 28

• Up for a day trip? Find the latest reports for beaches outside Toronto.

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 millilitres, 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.

Collecting, transporting and testing beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the latest available data may not reflect current conditions at the beach. Swimming is not recommended when it’s raining, the water is wavy or cloudy, there are lots of birds, or for two days after a big storm.

Consuming E. coli can cause serious illness, including stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. When high levels of the bacteria are detected it’s more likely that other harmful organisms are present as well, including those that cause skin rashes and eye, ear, nose and throat infections.

A beach may also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, smells, 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 a.m. and updated hourly until 5 p.m. as new data becomes available using open data from Toronto Public Health.

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