If you’re looking to take an outdoor swim, be sure to avoid Sunset Beach.
According to Vancouver Coastal Health, the waters at Sunset Beach are “not suitable for swimming” due to high E.coli levels.
Sunset Beach has been closed to swimming due to high E.coli levels. #VancouverCoastalHealth provides water quality reports and has advised of the latest sample counts. Visit https://t.co/bJgSEp0CtS for details and respect signage placed at the beach.
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) June 30, 2019
“The guidelines recommend beach water is monitored for the presence of E. coli using two limits; a geometric mean of ≤ 200 E. coli/100 mL based on the previous five samples and a single sample limit of ≤ 400 E. coli/100 mL,” says VCH.
“When either of these limits is exceeded an assessment will be made by the Medical Health Officer.”
According to the latest Metro Vancouver Beach Water Quality Report, Sunset Beach’s E.coli level was at 798 MPN / 100mL.
Sunset Beach isn’t the only location that high of the bacteria. High E.coli levels have also been found at Kits Point and swimmers are being warned to swim at their own risk.