Three Toronto beaches unsafe for swimming due to high E. coli levels

Sep 6 2020, 8:55 am

Despite Torontonians looking for a way to cool this long weekend, three of the city’s beaches have been marked unsafe, as testing has found high levels of E. coli.

Sunnyside Beach, Rouge Beach, and Marie Curtis Park East Beach are all shown to have increased levels of E. coli bacteria, and have been determined to be unsafe for swimming.

City of Toronto

According to the city, Lake Ontario water levels are at a record high and have impacted safety conditions at many of Toronto’s beaches.

“The public should not swim during and after storms, floods, or heavy rainfall,” the warnings read. “Cloudy water can be an indicator of high levels of bacteria that may pose a risk to human health.”

The city’s website shows safe E. coli levels testing under 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water. Sunnyside Beach’s reading is at 143 as of September 4, while Rouge Beach tested 122, and Marrie Curtis Park East Beach reported 317.

From June to Labour Day, the City of Toronto takes daily water samples from all 11 supervised beaches across the city and tests for E. coli bacteria — meaning this will be the last weekend of testing. When E. coli levels are high Toronto Public Health posts warning signs against swimming

If you’re wondering if your beach of choice is safe for swimming on a specific day, the status of the beach water is updated daily. Visit Toronto’s SwimSage page for an up-to-date status of all the beaches in the city.

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