Sunset Beach has been closed to swimming after recording high readings of E.coli bacteria in the water, which can increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness for swimmers.

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On Friday, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says readings at Sunset Beach for E.coli were at 176 in 100 mL of water.

On Friday, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says readings at Sunset Beach for E.coli were at 176 in 100 mL of water. Since then, readings have increased to the point where VCH says it decided to close the beach.

Health officials begin to assess beaches for swimming when E. coli readings are in excess of 200 E.coli bacteria in 100 mL of water.

East False Creek's E. coli count is at 709 in 100 mL of water, but no warning has been issued because False Creek is not classified as a swimming or bathing beach.

Last week, a no swimming order was also issued for Ambleside, Dundarave, Sandy Cove and Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver. 

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