As the weather warms up in Metro Vancouver, so do the levels of E.Coli bacteria in its oceans.
As such, Vancouver Coastal Health issued a health advisory this weekend urging the public to refrain from swimming at two major beaches; the advisory is still in effect.
Specifically, they issued the warning for Sunset Beach and Kitsilano Beach, including Kitsilano Point in Vancouver.
Due to high levels of bacteria in the water, neither swimming or wading are not recommended.
E.Coli Bacteria in Vancouver
High levels of E.Coli bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness to swimmers. While the VCH is working to monitor the water quality, it is best to avoid the risk. Moreover, they will remove the swimming advisory once the levels have decreased.
Warmer weather causes bacteria to multiply and therefore may increase E.Coli counts. In addition, it may also come from many sources including: agricultural run-off, goose and dog droppings washing into the water, and pleasure boats discharging their sewage directly into the ocean.