Swimming advisory issued to Ambleside Beach over bacteria levels

Jul 19 2019, 8:56 pm

Vancouver Coastal Health has issued its second swimming advisory this week, this time to Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.

The beach has been closed to swimming and wading, due to “elevated bacteria counts.”

The District of West Vancouver says that water quality will be re-tested next week, on Wednesday, July 24.

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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 a water test that was issued for Ambleside Beach, however, two samples showed amounts of 1178 MPN/100 mL and 464 MPN/100 mL.

Symptoms of E.coli sickness include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever.

Swimming advisories also remain in effect for Sunset Beach and Trout Lake.