Kitsilano Beach closed to water activity for second time due to high bacteria levels

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      For a second time this summer, Kitsilano Beach is being closed to recreational water activity due to high levels of bacteria.

      The Vancouver Park Board announced today (August 12) that staff are in the process of putting up signage at the beach about the closure.

      The closure is a result of one water sample taken on August 9 that was found to contain 1,723 E. coli per 100 millilitres of water. The health standard for individual water samples is 400 or less E. coli per 100 millilitres of water.

      In comparison, two other samples were found to contain less than 10 E. coli per 100 millilitres while a third water sample contained 31 E. coli per 100 millilitres.  

      The last average water sample at Kitsilano Beach on August 9 was 71 E. coli per 100 millilitres of water, with 200 or less E. coli per 100 millilitres of water as being the health standard for average water samples.

      The beach was previously closed on July 27 and reopened on August 1.

      The only other current closure is Snug Cove on Bowen Island, which has been closed since June 27.

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