Trout Lake closed to swimmers due to high E.coli levels

Jul 18 2019, 3:26 pm

If you’re looking to take an outdoor swim, be sure to avoid Trout Lake.

According to the Vancouver Park Board, swimming and wading in Trout Lake are currently prohibited.

“Trout Lake has been closed to swimming due to high E.coli levels,” writes the Park Board, in a Tweet.

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 the latest Metro Vancouver Beach Water Quality Report, which is conducted by Vancouver Coastal Health, Trout Lake’s E.coli level is at approximately 285.

Anyone who enters the water at Trout Lake or False Creek 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.

All other beaches in the Metro Vancouver area are safe to use.

With files from Kenneth Chan.