Media Release

June 11, 2012

 Read the signs before you swim this season

York Region begins 2012 beach water sampling program
Backgrounder Beachwater sampling June 11
NEWMARKET -The Regional Municipality of York public beach water sampling program begins Wednesday, June 13 to help ensure water quality is safe for swimming. Residents are encouraged to read  signs posted at public beaches to make an informed choice about entering the water.
Each year, from mid-June until the end of August, public health staff from York Region’s Community and Health Services Department collect weekly water samples from each of the following York Region beaches:
Town of Georgina (Lake Simcoe Beaches)
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
Water samples are submitted to the Public Health Ontario Laboratory for testing of E. coli levels. High levels may cause skin, ear, eye, nose and throat infections as well as stomach illness. York Region Public Health uses a colour-coded sign system to advise residents of E. coli levels. A blue sign indicates E. coli levels are acceptable and a red sign indicates E. coli levels are higher and may cause illness. Beach sampling results are also posted online at 
York Region encourages safe swimming this summer and throughout the year. One of the most important ways to prevent drowning is to actively supervise children when they are around water or pool areas. For more information on water safety, please visit
For more information on the Beach Sampling Program or specific beaches, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit
Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533 •
Attachment: Beach Sampling Program Backgrounder

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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