Kitslano Beach has been closed to swimmers due to high bacteria levels.
The Vancouver Park Board announced today that swimming and wading at Kits Beach are currently prohibited.
Attention: Kitsilano Beach is closed for swimming due to e. coli in the water. Staff are in the process of putting up signage at the beach. View the latest water quality samples from @VCHhealthcare here: https://t.co/bJgSEp0CtS #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/iK7f8W0gl7
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) August 12, 2019
The Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E.coli bacteria per 100 mL of water for swimming.
According to Vancouver Coastal Health, which conducts testing for Metro Vancouver’s Beach Water Quality Report, two samples from Kitsilano Beach have tested over the threshold.
One sample taken at Kitsilano Beach had 1,723 E.coli/100 ml.
The beach was previously closed in late-July due to high E.coli levels but re-opened to the public on August 1.
Anyone who enters the water at Kits Beach is urged to wash their hands and shower immediately.
Symptoms of E.coli sickness include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever.
For more updates on lake and beach closures in Vancouver, check out Vancouver Coastal Health’s beach water quality reports.