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.”
Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a swimming advisory for Ambleside Beach. The beach is closed to swimming due to elevated bacteria counts. For your safety, do not swim or wade at Ambleside Beach until the advisory has been lifted. Details: https://t.co/Qw3ZvNNVjF #WestVan pic.twitter.com/IIuFR57pRY
— West Van District (@WestVanDistrict) July 19, 2019
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.
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