Cool weather and rain over the past week played a major factor in lowering the E. coli counts in the waters of West Vancouver’s beaches.
Last week, Vancouver Coastal Health issued a warning for the public to avoid swimming in the waters wtihin the area as it had measured high levels of E. coli bacteria that far exceed the sample limit – to the point that a geometric mean could not be measured.
The latest tests performed on Thursday indicated that bacteria levels dropped significantly and is below the threshold considered dangerous.
However, West Vancouver beach water bacteria levels still remain high compared to levels found at other regional beaches.
Bacteria levels could soar again in the coming days given that sunny, warm weather is in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
The Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 mL of water for primary contact recreational activities such as swimming.
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