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Nearly half of Toronto's beaches unsafe for swimming after this week's storm

Ainsley Smith Aug 09, 2018 11:05 am

Five of Toronto’s 11 beaches are currently listed as unsafe for swimming following this week’s powerful rainstorm that caused widespread flash flooding and power outages in several areas of the city.

According to SwimSafe Toronto, heavy rain and high water levels increased E. coli levels in Lake Ontario, which created beach conditions that are unsafe for swimming.

As of Thursday, it’s unsafe to swim at Marie Curtis Park, Sunnyside, Centre Island, Ward’s Island and Rouge Park because E. coli levels currently exceed the provincially established safety level of 100.

The city takes daily water samples from all 11 beaches and posts warning signs at the beaches and online if E. coli levels are high.

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.

Here you’ll be able to view a map of all the beaches and see which ones are safe or unsafe to swim in.

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SwimSafe Toronto

If you chose to swim at a beach that’s labelled unsafe, you’ll be swimming at your own risk.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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