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E. coli levels potentially harmful in False Creek

South East False Creek (Courtesy of City of Vancouver)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The amount of E. coli bacteria in False Creek is four times higher than it was this time last year, making it a dangerous place for swimmers.

That isn’t stopping kayakers and paddle boarders from using the waterway.

Vancouver Coastal Health doesn’t know exactly what is causing the spike, it’s likely some sort of mix of the warm temperatures, lack of rain and sewage discharge from city systems and private boats.

Most locals know not to get in the water in False Creek, but tourists may not.

Tiffany Akins with the health authority says they have put up more signs. “Wash up afterwards, use soap and water, have a shower after they get out, and especially wash their hands before they eat.”

E. coli bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness.