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High E. coli levels prompt 'no swim' advisory at Port Moody's White Pine Beach

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 at 8:58 am PDT

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A 'no swimming' advisory has been issued for White Pine Beach - North

Fraser Health says E. coli levels have exceeded the safe level at Port Moody's White Pine Beach

Three other parts of the beach along Sasamat Lake are OK for swimming

PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – Stay out of the water if you plan on visiting one of the beaches on Sasamat Lake in Belcarra.

Fraser Health has issued a “no swimming” advisory for White Pine Beach – North because E. coli levels have exceeded the safe level, according to its latest report posted on July 24.

An unsatisfactory level of E.coli in the water is defined as when “Geometric mean of greater than 200 E.coli bacteria / 100ml, and/or a series of single sample results that exceed a maximum of 400 E.coli bacteria / 100ml and an assessment of the beach conditions has been done by Fraser Health,” the health authority’s website explains.

It’s under these conditions that swimming and other water activities are not recommended. The

Reporting Beach Samples for Fraser Health Website July 24 2020

The health authority says the three other parts of the beach along Sasamat Lake are OK for swimming.

Meanwhile, virtually all the beaches in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are good for swimming. There is currently only one advisory issued by VCH for Snug Cove Beach on Bowen Island.