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Durham Region Weekly Beach Report

Swim Safe

Bathing water quality changes continuously and can quickly change due to environmental factors and weather conditions. These factors may affect the bacteriological quality of the beach water after the latest sample date therefore, the beach water status is only representative of the water quality on the date sampled . When visiting a local beach, check for signage that may indicate that the beach is "Unsafe for Swimming". If signage is not present, follow the general rule:

It is not recommended to swim if:

  1. You can't see your feet when standing in waist deep water and/or
  2. It has rained two days prior to swimming.

The above can be an indicator of high levels of bacteria in the water which may pose a risk to human health.

Test results for the week of August 14, 2017

Test results for the week of August 14 indicate that three beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels, while another has been posted for elevated E. coli levels along with the presence of water quality advisory signs due to the potential presence of blue-green algae.

Municipality

Beach

OPEN/POSTED

Ajax

Pickering Beach

OPEN

Brock

Beaverton North Beach

POSTED

Beaverton South Beach

POSTED

Thorah Centennial Park

OPEN

Clarington

Bowmanville East

OPEN

Bowmanville West

OPEN

Newcastle Beach Central

OPEN

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East

POSTED

Lakeview Beach West

NOT TESTED**

Pickering

Frenchman's Bay East

OPEN

Frenchman's Bay West

OPEN

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach

POSTED*

Uxbridge

Elgin Pond

OPEN

Whitby

Whitby Beach

OPEN

*Kinsmen Beach in Scugog is posted for exceeding levels of E. coli and also, as a precaution, water quality advisory signs are posted for the Kinsmen Beach area due to the potential presence of blue-green algae.

**Due to safety reasons created by the high water levels in Lake Ontario, the Health Department will delay beach sampling at Lakeview Beach West. Over the coming weeks, the Health Department will continue to monitor lake levels in this area and begin normal sampling when the area is deemed safe to access.

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