Read beach signs before swimming

As the lazy, hazy days of summer beckon, your kids may be eager to build sandcastles and swim at local beaches. But before letting them take a dip, you’re encouraged to read signs to ensure the water is safe.

Each week, York Region collects water samples from public beaches to monitor bacteria levels in the water to help determine if the water is safe for swimming. Blue signs indicate the water is safe and red signs indicate water bacteria levels are considered higher than the acceptable limit.

Water is collected from the following Lake Simcoe beaches in Georgina: Church Street Parkette, Claredon, Corner Park, De La Salle Park, Franklin Beach, Holmes Point Park, Jackson’s Point Harbour/Bonnie Park, North Gwillimbury Park, Peninsula Resort, Riverview Park, Sheppard Avenue Park, Willow Beach Park and Willow Wharf Dock.

In Whitchurch-Stouffville, water is collected from Cedar Beach Park. Water samples are submitted to the Public Health Ontario Laboratory for E. coli testing to determine if the levels are within the acceptable limits. High levels of E. coli can cause skin, ear, eye, nose and throat infections and stomach illness.

For more information on the program or to find sample results and water temperature of a specific beach, call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit york.ca/beaches.

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