June 29, 2011

York Region begins 2011 Beach Sampling Program

Signs posted at local beaches identify if bacteria levels are too high for swimming

NEWMARKET ??" The Regional Municipality of York 2011 Beach Sampling Program has begun, with staff monitoring water quality at 15 of York Region’s public bathing beaches throughout the summer months to ensure the water is safe for swimming.

From mid June until the end of August, a minimum of five water samples from each beach are collected and tested weekly. Below is a list of public beaches in York Region that are sampled:

Town of Georgina (Lake Simcoe Beaches)

  • Balfour Beach
  • Claredon Beach
  • De La Salle Beach
  • Franklin Beach
  • Holmes Point
  • Island Grove
  • Jackson's Point Beach
  • Keswick Beach
  • North Gwillimbury Park
  • Paradise/Willow Beach
  • Glenwoods Beach
  • Peninsula Motel
  • Port Bolster Beach
  • Willow Beach Dock

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

  • Cedar Beach (Musselman's Lake)

When high levels of bacteria are detected in the water, York Region posts a warning sign advising the public that it is unsafe to swim. Swimming in areas where there are high levels of bacteria can cause skin, ear, eye, nose and throat infections as well as stomach disorders.

To find out if your favourite beach is safe for swimming or for more information about the Region’s 2011 Beach Sampling Program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/beaches

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

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Media Contact:               Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
                                        Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753
                                        Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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