Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a swimming advisory for Deep Cove beach. The beach is not suitable for swimming because of high levels of E.coli.
The advisory was issued yesterday, July 2.
The latest water sample shows elevated bacteria counts far above what is safe to be in the water in Deep Cove.
VCH recorded an E.coli\100 mL of 4884, and 3130 in second sample, followed by 417 in the third sample.
The samples were taken on June 30.
E.coli of 400\100 mL is considered to be high for swimming and other sports in which the whole body is immersed and water is likely to be swallowed.
High counts of E. coli in recreational water may increase the chances of gastrointestinal illnesses and skin/eye infections.
As of today, Deep Cove beach is the only place in Metro Vancouver where such an advisory exists.