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August 26, 2005
Six Toronto beaches are open for swimming!
The weather this weekend is expected to be warm and sunny and Toronto beaches
are a great place to enjoy a swim and cool down. While the storm last Friday
closed nine of the ten beaches early in the week, six beaches are open for

• Sunnyside Beach
• Hanlan’s Point Beach
• Ward’s Island Beach
• Cherry Beach
• Woodbine Beaches
• Kew - Balmy Beach

"Our daily water quality testing has shown good recovery at our beaches with
six beaches now safe for swimming," said Michael D’Andrea, Director, Water
Infrastructure Management. "Toronto’s beaches are one of the city’s treasures,
and residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the swimming and
activities available, particularly on the second last weekend before school

From June to the end of August, the City of Toronto regularly takes samples
from the supervised beaches across the city. Water samples are taken daily and
tested for E. Coli levels and must not exceed the Provincial guidelines of 100
E. Coli per 100 ml of water. When water tests show high amounts of E. Coli
bacteria, Toronto Public Health posts signs warning against swimming. Testing
the samples usually takes twenty-four hours.

"Swimming in waters that are posted unsafe can cause ear, nose and throat
infections, stomach upsets, skin rashes, and diarrhea," said Mahesh Patel,
Acting Manager, Healthy Environments, Toronto Public Health. "Young children,
the elderly and those who are chronically ill or have weakened immune systems
may be more susceptible to infections from swimming in contaminated water."

In June of this year, four of Toronto’s ten beaches (Ward's Island, Hanlan's
Point Beach, Woodbine Beach and Cherry Beach) were awarded the internationally
recognized designation of Blue Flag for high standards in water quality,
cleanliness and safety and services.

Water safety tips:
When enjoying a day at the beach, don’t swim or dive in unknown waters. Always
check for rocks and an undertow and swim with a buddy. For any concerns about
the beach, see the lifeguard on duty.

For more information call the City’s Beach Water Quality Hotline at
416-392-7161, or visit

Media Contact
Diane Chester,
Sr. Communications Coordinator



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