E. Coli at three Toronto beaches nixes swimming

Tuesday’s near record rainfall spikes levels at 3 of 11 public beaches

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Beach swimming options in Toronto have narrowed slightly because of high levels of E. coli at three of the city’s 11 supervised public beaches.

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The three have been deemed unsafe for swimming as of Wednesday morning due to high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The affected beaches are Marie Curtis Park East Beach at the foot of 42nd St., south of Lakeshore Rd. W., Sunnyside beach at the foot of Parkside Dr., south of Lakeshore Blvd, and Cherry Beach at the foot of Cherry St., in the south Port Lands area.

Samples for the E. coli readings were taken Tuesday with the results released Wednesday morning.

Throughout summer months, workers from Parks, Forestry and Recreation collect daily water samples from all supervised public beaches.

Public Health actually measures E. coli levels.

On its website the city spells out that “swimming is not recommended during and after storms, floods, or heavy rainfall.”

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According to Environment Canada, Toronto got soaked with 23.2 mm of rain Tuesday.

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  2. Canada Geese swim past two standup paddle boarders at the Beach neighbourhood in Toronto on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

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That is only 2.8 mm off the record for June 29 set in 1998.

The city adds that “cloudy water can be an indicator of high levels of bacteria that may pose a risk to human health.”


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