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Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, ON September 03, 2015 - The following represents beach-posting information for Durham Region beaches. Test results for the week of Aug. 31 indicate that five 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. This report represents the Health Department’s final update for the 2015 summer season.

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

OPEN

Lakeview Beach West

POSTED

Pickering

Frenchman's Bay East

POSTED

Frenchman's Bay West

OPEN

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach

POSTED

Uxbridge

Elgin Pond

(not available*)

Whitby

Whitby Beach

OPEN

* While road construction has been completed in the area, the Health Department will not be sampling water from Elgin Pond for the final week left in the 2015 beach monitoring season.

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 conducted bacteriological water tests to determine if these beaches were safe for swimming. The Public Health Ontario Laboratory in Peterborough provided analysis of all water samples submitted for testing.

Each week when test results were reviewed, they were sent to members of the media to assist with public notification of beach postings.

For more information about the Health Department's Beach Monitoring program, please visit durham.ca/beaches, or call the Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.

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Media inquiries:

Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

For more information, please contact Health Department.