Vancouver beaches reopen for swimming 0
Sunset Beach Vancouver, August 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Two Vancouver beaches have been declared safe for swimming again after fecal contamination in the water dissipated to acceptable levels over the past week.
Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D’Angelo said the warning signs were taken down at both Sunset Beach and Second Beach Wednesday when bacterial counts dropped.
Swimming, wading and other contact water activities were declared unsafe at the West End beaches last Friday.
Beaches are considered unsafe for swimming at 200 colony-forming units of E. coli per 100 mL of water. Last week, Second Beach bacterial counts were at 210, while Sunset Beach reached 320.
On Thursday, the numbers dipped to 120 and 140, respectively.
“(All swimming beaches) are open for swimming as of yesterday,” D’Angelo said. “We advise people to swim in designated areas.”