Someone just found dozens of condoms floating in Lake Ontario
Ah, good old Lake Ontario. While the body of water isn't crystal blue by any means, lots of Torontonians flock to its beaches during the summer to enjoy the warm weather.
After a thunderstorm last night, President of Swim Drink Fish Canada Mark Mattson decided to check out Ontario Place's western beach.
Mattson told blogTO that the area has been getting unexpectedly high bacteria readings lately, some of the highest seen in Toronto.
Upon his arrival, there appeared to be a large spill from sewers that discharged a lot of questionable and rather disgusting items into the water.
Mattson said the smell near Ontario Place was overwhelming, and that sewage objects like sanitary wipes, plastics, and yes, even condoms were floating along the shore.
Just disgusted by the over 50 condoms and 50 sanitary wipes discharged into Lake Ontario near Ontario Place. @311Toronto this can’t be allowed to happen. @waterkeepermark @swimdrinkfish pic.twitter.com/9twpDMi8YC— Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (@LOWaterkeeper) July 25, 2022
In a tweet posted this afternoon, Mattson said that over 50 condoms and 50 sanitary wipes were found floating near Ontario Place.
"Toronto needs to modernize its monitoring and reporting of sewage spills," he told blogTO.
Angry about all the condoms, plastics, sanitary wipes from toilets floating up on Ontario Place western beach. Something must be done!!! @swimguide @swimdrinkfish @LOWaterkeeper pic.twitter.com/NFELLQpoMc— Mark Mattson (@waterkeepermark) July 25, 2022
Swim Drink Fish Canada has made several recommendations to deal with sewage spills, including improving public awareness regarding sewage pollution, and introducing real-time monitoring for sewer overflows.
Toronto must be told to develop monitoring for combined sewers and share overflow data with public so clean ups can be undertaken and public health can be protected while infrastructure improved. @swimguide @toronto pic.twitter.com/hQ7dui3JDu— Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (@LOWaterkeeper) July 25, 2022
We never thought we'd say this, but if you're planning on swimming in Lake Ontario at all this summer, it's probably a good idea to check and make sure there are no condoms floating around before jumping in.
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