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July 7, 2006
Cool down at one of 10 City of Toronto beaches this weekend
  
With hot and sunny weather expected for this weekend, Toronto beaches are a great place to enjoy a swim and cool down. All 10 City of Toronto beaches are open for swimming:

  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Centre Island Beach
  • Ward’s Island Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Woodbine Beaches (Blue Flag)
  • Kew - Balmy Beach
  • Bluffer’s Beach
  • Rouge Beach

    “Toronto beaches are a great place to go during hot weather and cool off, especially during hot summer days like this weekend,” said Michael D’Andrea, Director, Water Infrastructure Management. “We are pleased with the test results and encourage everyone to take advantage of not only the beaches, but all the activities available at the 10 beach locations across the waterfront - they’re just a TTC ride away!”

    From June to the end of August, the City of Toronto regularly takes samples from the supervised beaches across the city. Water samples are taken daily and tested for E. Coli levels and must not exceed the Provincial guidelines of 100 E. Coli per 100 ml of water. When water tests show high amounts of E. Coli bacteria, Toronto Public Health posts signs warning against swimming. Testing the samples usually takes 24 hours.

    Four of Toronto’s 10 beaches (Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Woodbine Beach and Cherry Beach) were awarded the internationally-recognized designation of Blue Flag for high standards in water quality, cleanliness and safety, and services.

    Water safety tips:
    When enjoying a day at the beach, don’t swim or dive in unknown waters. Always check for rocks and an undertow and swim with a buddy. Toronto lifeguards are a great resource for information about beach safety and water quality.

    For more information, call the City’s Beach Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161, or visit http://www.toronto.ca/beach.


    Media contacts:

    Diane Chester
    Sr. Communications Co-ordinator
    Toronto Water
    416-392-4311

    Rishma Govani
    Media Relations Co-ordinator
    Toronto Public Health
    416-338-7974


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