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August 3, 2001
Eight City beaches open for swimming this weekend
Works & Emergency Services --- The hot, hazy and humid weather is
expected to continue over the long weekend. As respite from the heat, people
can dip into eight of the City of Toronto's lifeguarded beaches along the
lakefront. The City of Toronto tests the water quality daily and Toronto
Public Health posts signs warning against swimming when tests from a particular
beach show high levels of E. coli bacteria.

"With the weather forecast calling for more of the same, we can expect the
beaches to stay open," said Michael D'Andrea, Manager of Infrastructure Asset
Management, Water and Wastewater Services Division. The beaches are often
posted unsafe for swimming following a heavy rainfall when some diluted sewage
along with pollution from stormwater runoff flows into the lake.

The beaches currently open to swimming are

Marie Curtis Park East
Clarke Beach Park
Hanlan's Point
Woodbine Ashbridges Bay
Centre Island
Beaches Park
Ward's Island
Kew Beach

The City's beaches currently posted unsafe for swimming are Sir Casimir Gzowski
Park, Sunnyside, Budapest Park, Balmy Beach, Bluffer's Park and Rouge Beach.

Call the Beach Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161 or check the City's Web
site at for information about local beach's daily water quality status.

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