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English Bay and the other three Metro Vancouver Beaches were closed due to high E. coli levels

Due to the high levels of E. coli, just as the first hot weather of the year arrives on the south coast of British Columbia, health officials have identified some of the popular seawater in Metro Vancouver. The bathhouse has been closed.

Vancouver Coastal Health has issued water quality recommendations for English Bay Beach, Locarno Beach, Bowen Island Sandy Beach, and John Hendry Park Trout Lake.

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According to Canadian recreational water quality guidelines, beaches may be closed if authorities find a single sample of more than 400 E. coli per 100 ml. Average of 5 samples in water or over 200 E. coli per 100 ml.

A sign warning the general public not to swim on the beaches of English Bay on Friday. John Streit / Global News

One sample in English Bay on Friday yields 1,785 E. coli results per 100 ml I did. Results of 1,607 E. coli per 100 ml at Locarno Beach.

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Sample at the beginning of the week Averaged 426 E. coli per 100 ml at Sandy Beach and 231 E. coli per 100 ml at Trend Lake.

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E. E. coli is the same bacterium found in vegetables and beef. This is of particular concern to vulnerable people such as children and the elderly.

The main cause of E. coli in water comes from both human and animal faeces.

Authorities advise the general public not to swim or walk in the water until the recommendation is lifted.

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