Durham Region Health Department has started testing waters at designated public beaches throughout the region as part of the 2018 Beach Monitoring Program. Test results for the week of June 18 indicate that four beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming, including Lakeview Park East in Oshawa.
Restricted access has delayed testing at Lakeview Park West.
Over the coming weeks, the health department will continue to monitor access to the beach and begin normal sampling when entry is considered safe.
Beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming when elevated levels of E. coli exceed the provincial standard of 200 E. coli per 100 ml of water.
The health department reminds the public not to swim in beach water for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall, as bacteria levels can increase due to run-off.
Throughout the summer, Durham Region Health Department will be conducting bacteriological water tests to determine if these beaches are safe for swimming. The Public Health Ontario Laboratory in Peterborough provides analysis of all water samples submitted for testing.
For more information about the health department’s Beach Monitoring program, please visit durham.ca/beaches or call the environmental help line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.