The Regional Municipality of Durham


Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, ON August 28, 2014

The following represents beach-posting information for Durham Region beaches. Test results for the week of August 25 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. This report represents the Health Department’s final update for the 2014 summer season.

Beach

Location

Status

Beaverton Beach North

Brock

Posted

Beaverton Beach South

Brock

Posted

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

Open

Thorah Centennial Park

Brock

Open

Whitby Beach

Whitby

Open

 

*Please note that the Municipality of Clarington has temporarily closed Bowmanville Beach East for restoration work. As a result, the Health Department did not test water samples from this beach throughout the summer.

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, information was sent to members of the media to assist with public notification of beach postings.

Media inquiries:

Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

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For more information, please contact Health Department.