Stay Out of the Water at Toronto’s Marie Curtis Park Beach (July 2)

On the way to the beach? You’ll want to stay out of the water at Marie Curtis Park starting July 02 at 5 p.m. Here is the latest beach water quality report from Toronto Public Health:

  • Bluffer Beach (1 Brimley Road South) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Center Island Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) tested safe for swimming July 1
  • Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Marie Curtis Park Beach (2 42nd Street) tested unsafe for swimming on July 1

  • Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) tested safe for swimming July 1
  • Ward’s Island beach (Toronto Islands) tested safe for swimming on July 1
  • Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East) was tested safe for swimming on July 1

During the summer, Toronto Public Health monitors levels of E. coli on 10 public beaches. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when a sample contains 400 or more E. coli bacteria per 100 milliliters, or the geometric mean of five samples is 200 or more, according to public health guidelines from the Department of Ontario Health and Long Term Care.

Collecting, transporting, and testing beach water for E. coli can take a day or more, so the latest data available may not reflect current conditions at the beach. Swimming is not recommended when it is raining, when the water is rough or cloudy, when there are many birds or for two days after a heavy storm.

The consumption of E. coli can cause serious illness including stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. When high levels of bacteria are detected, it is more likely that other harmful organisms are also present, including those that cause rashes and infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

A beach can also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, odors, trash, sharp debris, and dead fish. Additionally, public beaches are monitored for blue-green algae, which can be very toxic to humans, dogs, and other animals.

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This story is automatically generated at 7 a.m. and updated hourly until 5 p.m. as new data becomes available using Toronto Public Health Open Data.

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