Deep Cove, Harrison Lake Lagoon closed to swimming due to E. coli
Published Friday, August 23, 2019 2:29PM PDT Last Updated Monday, August 26, 2019 7:35AM PDT
A sign posted at a Vancouver beach during an E. coli warning.
Editor's note: Deep Cove Beach reopened Saturday, Aug. 24.
Two beachfronts have been closed by local health authorities for swimming, after high levels of bacteria were measured in the water.
On Thursday, Vancouver Coastal Health announced that Deep Cove Beach was closed to swimming due high levels of E. coli in the water.
Four measurements showed high levels of the bacteria, with the highest reaching 5,475 parts per 100 millilitres of water. The standard, VCH says, is 400 parts per 100 millilitres.
A little ways out of Vancouver, Fraser Health has also warned the public that the west side of Harrison Lake Lagoon is also unsafe for swimming.
High levels of E. coli in the water increase swimmers' risk of gastrointestinal illness as well as skin and eye infections.
Earlier in the summer, Trout Lake, Kitsilano Beach, Ambleside Beach and Sunset Beach all had temporary closures from high levels of the bacteria.