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Multiple Toronto Beaches Are Currently Unsafe To Swim In Because Of High E. Coli

If you were planning on going swimming in Lake Ontario, you might want to reschedule. Three Toronto beaches have been flagged as having unsafe water containing E.coli. Toronto beach water quality is tested every day through the Blue Flag program. 

Next time you want to go for a dip, make sure to check online to see if the water is safe before heading out. 

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According to the City of Toronto's website, residents are currently being advised to stay out of the lake at Woodbine Beach, Sunnyside Beach and Kew Balmy Beach.

Any water that tests over 100 E.coli per 100 millimetres of water should be avoided. 

As of Monday morning, Sunnyside has the highest levels of E.Coli, at 187.

Kew Balmy Beach was close behind with levels at 175. While Woodbine Beach recorded levels at 129.

Currently, all other beaches in the 6ix are not affected by the bacteria. 

E.coli levels at all beaches were even higher on Friday and moving through the weekend.

In fact, Sunnyside Beach has had consistent and significant levels of the bacteria in the water since July 8. 

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There is currently a public warning out that Lake Ontario's water levels are at a record high and that it can be unsafe to swim. 

The City also asks residents to avoid going into the lake after a storm or significant rainfall.

"Cloudy water can be an indicator of high levels of bacteria that may pose a risk to human health," says the City's info page

If you're looking to take a dip outside of the city, you might want to plan ahead. 

This weekend, massive lines were spotted heading into Sandbanks Provincial Park. 

In fact, on busy days, some beachgoers can expect to wait up to two hours before entering the park. 

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