VANCOUVER: September 06 ,2014. – Recent e-coli counts at local beaches reveal that Sunset is the worst in Vancouver. , September 6, 2014. (Jenelle Schneider/PNG staff photo) (for SUNstory by ). [PNG Merlin Archive]
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Things are not going swimmingly for Vancouver’s Sunset Beach. Visitors to the popular West End tourist destination this weekend will have to stick to the shore.The Vancouver Park Board announced Saturday that Sunset Beach has been closed to swimmers after Vancouver Coastal Health tested high E. coli levels in the water.E.coli can come from many sources, including agricultural run-off, animal waste washing into the water, and pleasure boats discharging their sewage directly into the ocean. E. coli infection can cause gastrointestinal illness, including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.Health Canada’s guidelines say that E. coli levels in swimming areas should not exceed a geometric mean of 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 millilitres of water.On Saturday, Sunset Beach clocked in at a whopping 798 per 100 millilitres, and the timing couldn’t be worse, as thousands are expected to pack Vancouver’s beaches over the sunny Canada Day long weekend.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, 2019Signage has been placed in the area warning swimmers to stay away.Fortunately, those hoping to take a dip won’t have to go far to find cleaner water. English Bay, the next beach over, remains open to swimmers, along with all of Vancouver’s other email@example.comFollow @harrisonmooneyCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.