The Regional Municipality of Durham


Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, June 20, 2013 - The following represents beach-posting information for Durham Region beaches. Test results for the week of June 17 indicate that nine 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.

Municipality

Beach

OPEN/POSTED

Ajax

Pickering Beach

POSTED

Brock

Beaverton North Beach

POSTED

Beaverton South Beach

POSTED

Thorah Centennial Park

POSTED

Clarington

Bowmanville East

POSTED

Bowmanville West

OPEN

Newcastle Beach Central

POSTED

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East

POSTED

Lakeview Beach West

POSTED

Pickering

Frenchman's Bay East

OPEN

Frenchman's Bay West

OPEN

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach

OPEN

Uxbridge

Elgin Pond

OPEN

Whitby

Whitby Beach

POSTED

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