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Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, ON June 18, 2014

The following represents beach-posting information for Durham Region beaches. Test results for the week of June 16 indicate that three beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels. Beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming when elevated levels of E. coli exceed the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care standard of 100 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

Beach

Location

Status

Beaverton Beach North

Brock

Open

Beaverton Beach South

Brock

Open

Bowmanville Beach East

Clarington

Temporarily Closed*

Bowmanville Beach West

Clarington

Open

Elgin Pond

Uxbridge

Open

Frenchman’s Bay East

Pickering

Open

Frenchman’s Bay West

Pickering

Open

Kinsmen Beach

Scugog

Posted

Lakeview Beach East

Oshawa

Open

Lakeview Beach West

Oshawa

Open

Newcastle Beach Central

Clarington

Open

Pickering Beach

Ajax

Posted

Thorah Centennial Park

Brock

Open

Whitby Beach

Whitby

Posted

 

*Please note that the Municipality of Clarington has temporarily closed Bowmanville Beach East for restoration work. As a result, the Health Department will not be testing water samples from this beach until restoration work has been completed.

The Health Department reminds the public not to swim in beach water for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall, as bacteria levels can increase due to run-off.

Throughout the summer, Durham Region Health Department will be conducting bacteriological water tests to determine if these beaches are safe for swimming. The Public Health Ontario Laboratory in Peterborough provides analysis of all water samples submitted for testing.

Each week when test results are reviewed, they will be sent to members of the media to assist with public notification of beach postings. Media notifications will be done by Friday of each week.

Media inquiries:

Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999, glendene.collins@durham.ca

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For more information, please contact Health Department.