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6 Vancouver Beaches Are Now Closed Due To High Levels Of E.Coli


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The weather is cooling down a bit in Metro Vancouver; however, the levels of E.Coli are not.

In fact, three more Vancouver beaches are closed for swimming due to high levels of the bacteria.

The newly closed beaches include Whytecliff as well as Ambleside and Sandy Cove in West Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal Health says swimmers and scuba divers should avoid these areas, as the high level bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness to swimmers.

E.Coli Contamination

Last week, a warning was issued for Sunset Beach and Kitsilano Beach, including Kitsilano Point in Vancouver.

In addition, the Health Authority is advising people not to swim or wade into Trout Lake on Commercial Drive.

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.


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