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July 2, 2004
Hit the beach this weekend
Heading into the weekend, it looks promising for Toronto's beaches. Based on
the latest results, the only beach currently not deemed safe for swimming is
Marie Curtis Park. If the weather continues to be dry, these results can be
expected to last throughout the weekend.

"We're very pleased with the results we're seeing this week and hope that the
weather holds off for the weekend so people can get out there and enjoy the
city's beaches," said Michael A. Price, General Manager, Water and Wastewater
Services. "The E.coli levels at the beaches become elevated after significant
rainfall, so it stands to reason that if the weather can hold out, we'll have
good swimming conditions at almost all of the beaches."

Samples are taken daily at all of the city's beaches. The Provincial Health Lab
analyzes the samples and results are reviewed by Toronto Public Health. If
E.coli bacteria levels exceed 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water, signs
warning against swimming will be posted. Posted signs are not removed from an
affected beach until Public Health receives readings under the 100-mark for two
consecutive days.

To check the latest results before heading to the beach, call the City's Beach
Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161 or click:
Already at the beach? Toronto's lifeguards are a great resource and even have
sign boards at every swimming area that show the daily E.coli readings, water
temperature and UV levels.

Media Contact
Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Coordinator, Works and Emergency Services



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