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June 4, 2003
Media Advisory: It's time to hit the beach - believe it, or not
Works and Emergency Services - Although the weather may not conjure up images
of sun and sand, the City of Toronto will begin annual summer testing of water
quality at the City's beaches this week. Works and Emergency Services (WES),
Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Police Marine Unit invite the media to
help kick-off what is expected to be an exciting season for Toronto's beaches.

The Water and Wastewater Services Division of WES 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 signs on
the beach warning people not to swim.

Water and Wastewater Services has many plans to help improve the quality of
water in Lake Ontario and increase public awareness of the causes of water
pollution and beach postings and what we can all do to help. Water and
Wastewater and the Police Marine Unit will unveil some interesting new
initiatives residents can expect to see when they go to their favorite Toronto
beach this year.

Councillor Brad Duguid, Chair of the Works Committee, along with staff from
Toronto Public Health, Works and Emergency Services and the Police Marine Unit
will be on hand to answer media questions.

Starting June 4, 2003, call Toronto Public Health's Beach Water Quality Hotline
at 416-392-7161, or click to check the water
quality at any of the city's 14 beaches.

Date: Thursday, June 5
Time: 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Place: Leuty Lifestation (On the beach at the base of Leuty Lane - one block
east of Lee Ave. Street parking is available on Alfresco Lawn.)

Media Contact
Cheryn Gervais
Communications Coordinator, Works and Emergency Services



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