August 29, 2014 11:15 pm
Updated: August 29, 2014 11:21 pm

A number of E.coli advisories in place for False Creek, Vancouver, Whistler beaches

Microscopic image of E.coli bacteria.


It will be a rainy Labour Day long weekend for much of the Lower Mainland, but if you are planning to be on the water, beware of a number of swimming advisories in place.

A swimming ban is in place in False Creek because of high levels of E. coli in the water.

The bacterial count in the east portion of False Creek was 26 times the acceptable limit for swimmers as of August 28.

Users are advised to wash hands and shower after coming into contact with this water.

Other Metro Vancouver beaches closed to swimming include Sunset Beach, Eagle Harbour and Whytecliffe Park in West Vancouver.

Rainbow beach and Lakeside beach on Alta Lake in the Whistler area were also put on the “do not swim” list.

High levels of E. coli bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness to swimmers.

It is associated with fecal contamination from human and animal sources.

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