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E. coli closes swimming at Bowen beach

Swimming likely won't be allowed again until sometime in July
Sandy Beach sign print
Signs have been posted at Sandy Beach advising visitors of the unsafe water conditions due to high E. coli levels.

Sandy Beach is currently closed for swimming after high levels of E. coli were found in the water. 

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) added the beach to their advisory list June 23. Their weekly testing found the average readings of the last five tests was 426 E. coli bacteria/100 mL, more than double the accepted 200 E. coli/100 mL limit.

This means the water is off limits until this level comes down. Multiple signs have been posted at the beach alerting people of the contaminated water.

Ingesting E. coli can cause "gastrointestinal illnesses and skin/eye infections", according to VCH. They will test the water again next week.