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Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

One beach posted for elevated E.coli levels, the other for the presence of blue-green algae

WHITBY, ON July 27, 2017 - The following represents beach-posting information for Durham Region beaches. Test results for the week of July 24 indicate that one beach has been posted as unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels, while the other has been posted due to the presence of blue-green algae. 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

OPEN

Bowmanville West

OPEN

Newcastle Beach Central

OPEN

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East

OPEN

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

POSTED

 

*Although Kinsmen Beach in Scugog is not posted for exceeding levels of E. coli, the Health Department has been advised by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of the presence of a bloom of blue-green algae in water samples taken from the Kinsmen Beach area of Lake Scugog. As a precaution, a prior public advisory has been issued for the areas of Kinsmen Beach and to the south of the beach, while the Ministry continues testing for the toxin levels in the algae bloom.

**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.

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.

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, glendene.collins@durham.ca

If this information is required in an accessible format, please call 1-800-841-2729 ext. 3094.

For more information, please contact Health Department.