The Regional Municipality of Durham


Media Advisory

Information on Beach-Postings

WHITBY, ON June 09, 2016 - Durham Region Health Department has begun testing waters at designated public beaches throughout the Region as part of the 2016 Beach Monitoring Program. Test results for the week of June 6 indicate that seven 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

OPEN

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East

OPEN

Lakeview Beach West

OPEN

Pickering

Frenchman's Bay East

OPEN

Frenchman's Bay West

POSTED

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach

OPEN

Uxbridge

Elgin Pond

POSTED

Whitby

Whitby Beach

OPEN

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 or glendene.collins@durham.ca

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.