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Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, ON June 12, 2014 - Durham Region Health Department has begun testing waters at designated public beaches throughout the Region as part of the 2014 Beach Monitoring Program. Test results for the week of June 9 indicate that all beaches are safe for swimming. 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.

Municipality

Beach

OPEN/POSTED

Ajax

Pickering Beach

OPEN

Brock

Beaverton North Beach

OPEN

Beaverton South Beach

OPEN

Thorah Centennial Park

OPEN

Clarington

Bowmanville East  Temporarily closed*

Bowmanville West

OPEN

Newcastle Beach Central

OPEN

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East

OPEN

Lakeview Beach West

OPEN

Pickering

Frenchman's Bay East

OPEN

Frenchman's Bay West

OPEN

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach

OPEN

Uxbridge

Elgin Pond

OPEN

Whitby

Whitby Beach

OPEN

*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