Trout Lake, Kits beach reopen for swimming after closures from E. coli
A sign is shown next to Trout Lake in Vancouver on July 19, 2018. (Vancouver Park Board)
An East Vancouver lake has reopened for swimming, two weeks after it was closed due to high levels of E. coli.
Warnings were issued about Trout Lake on July 17, but Vancouver Coastal Health said Wednesday swimmers and waders were welcome back.
VCH reviews water samples from the region's beaches regularly, and issues warnings when a single sample exceeds 400 E. coli bacteria per 100 millilitres or when a "geometric mean" of the last five samples exceeds 200. Most beaches in Metro Vancouver are tested weekly.
High levels of E. coli in the water increase the chances that a swimmer will experience gastrointestinal illness or skin or eye infections.
Two other local beaches were closed because of E. coli concerns: Kitsilano Beach and Bowen Island's Snug Cove.
In a tweet sent on Thursday afternoon, VCH announced Kits Beach had re-opened and was safe to swim in.
Earlier this month, Ambleside Beach in North Vancouver and Sunset Beach in Vancouver were also closed for swimming but have since reopened.
More information about water quality monitoring in Metro Vancouver can be found on the VCH website.