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May 28, 2002
Media Advisory: Media invited aboard - water tested for safe swimming
The City of Toronto will begin annual summer testing of water quality at the
city's beaches on June 3, 2002. Toronto Public Health and Works and Emergency
Services are inviting the media aboard the boat "PP1" on Wednesday, May 29, for
this season's water testing kick-off. The boat will leave the York Street slip
at the base of York St. (at Queen's Quay) and will cruise to the testing
location off the shores of Centre Island beach, providing an opportunity to
view the testing boat in action.

Mike Price, General Manager of Water and Wastewater Services, will be present
to launch the testing and answer questions regarding beach testing and lake
water quality.

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 counts 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 5, 2002, 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. 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: Wednesday, May 29
Time: Arrive 9:45 a.m., Departure 10 a.m.
Place: York St. slip at the base of York Street(at Queen's Quay), near
the Harbour Commissioners office.

Media Contact
Media contacts:
Cheryn Gervais, Toronto Works & Emergency Services,
Anita Zutis, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7878



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