British Columbia

Second, Sunset beaches safe for swimming

Two beaches in Vancouver, declared unsafe for swimmers last week due to high E. coli counts, have now re-opened.

Beaches were closed last week

Second Beach and Sunset Beach now open to the public for swimming. (Andrea Sanchez/CBC)

Two beaches in Vancouver, declared unsafe for swimmers last week due to high E. coli counts, have now re-opened.  

The closed signs came down yesterday at Second Beach and Sunset Beach, because the water is now at a safe level, Vancouver Coastal Health says. 

Coliform counts at both beaches are now below the safe threshold level of 200 bacteria per 100 ml of water.

Today, the counts are 120 and 140 for Second Beach and Sunset Beach respectively.

Source: Vancouver Coastal Health, Aug. 15 2013

Last week, Second Beach was at 210 while Sunset Beach was at 320.

Vancouver-area waters are sampled throughout the swimming season to determine compliance with the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines.

The latest results of beach water quality tests will be posted on the website soon, a spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health said.