Tag Archives: Swimming conditions

How swimmable are Toronto beaches?

The city tested eleven beaches daily in swim season
Here is a wrap up of how clean the water was summer ’09
Some beaches safe daily, others posted high levels of E.coli
By Kris Scheuer

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Councillor Bill Saundercook swims at Sunnyside in mid-June with his wedding suit on to promote how safe it is. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.

It’s a little chilly for a dive in the lake at any of Toronto’s beaches now, but these hot spots are packed all summer.
Interestingly, most people go down for a stroll on the boardwalk or walk their dog, but not for a swim in the water.
But our beaches are top notch, in most cases. In fact seven of them fly a Blue Flag, which is an international rating.
And the city tests beach water daily from June 1 to the first week of September.
So just how well did Toronto’s 11 beaches stack up this season?
Take a look for yourself.
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All Toronto beaches safe to swim

Eleven beaches produce positive water tests
Latest results are positive for all beaches for first time in weeks
By Kris Scheuer

Oh happy days.
For what I believe may be the first time this summer, all Toronto beaches have the green light from public health as safe for swimming. This means tests show 100 E.coli or less per 100 ml of water.
The latest results posted today are for Aug. 8.¬†Too bad there’s a thunderstorm today so it’s unlikely anyone will be swimming in the lake, but never mind that. It’s supposed to feel like 40 C today and if the sun comes out we will all need to cool off in that lovely lake water. Continue reading