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May 31, 2001
Media Advisory: Media invited aboard -- water tested for safe swimming
Toronto Public Health --- The City of Toronto will begin annual summer
testing of water quality at the city's beaches on June 4. Toronto Public Health
and Works and Emergency Services are inviting the media aboard the Charles
Hastings II tomorrow, Friday, June 1, for this season's water testing kick-off.

Councillor Betty Disero, Chair of the Works Committee, and Councillor David
Miller will be at Sunnyside Beach to launch the testing.

Works and Emergency Services takes water samples from the city's 14 beaches and
has them tested for E. coli bacteria. Results are forwarded to Toronto Public
Health for interpretation. If the E. coli count is above 100 per 100
millilitres of water, Toronto Public Health posts a sign on the beach warning
people not to swim. E. coli is a bacterium found in animal and human waste.
People who swim in contaminated water risk ear, nose and throat infections,
skin rashes, stomach upsets and diarrhea.

Starting June 6, to check water quality at any of the city's 14 beaches, call
Toronto Public Health's Beach Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161 or call the
Toronto Star's Starphone at 416-350-3000 ext. 2015. The information is also
posted and updated regularly on the City's Web site: .

Come aboard with Toronto Works and Emergency Services and Toronto Public Health:

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Sunnyside Beach, Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, 1343 Lake Shore
Blvd. West

(Travelling westbound along Lake Shore Boulevard, turn right on Colbourne Lodge
Road, turn left on the Queensway and left on Windemere. Turn left on Lake Shore
Boulevard. Parking options from west to east: 1) There is a parking lot
immediately on the right. Park as far east as you can. 2) There is a small
parking lot by the construction area. 3) There is a parking lot past the
construction area.)

Media Contact
Anita Zutis
Toronto Public Health

Kari Kerr
Toronto Works and Emergency Services



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