UPDATED: Deep Cove open to swimming following E. coli spike

Deep Cove beachgoers can get back in the water after Vancouver Coastal Health lifted the area's swimming advisory this weekend.

Swimmers were advised to stay on the beach last week after E. coli counts spiked Thursday.

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VCH recorded bacteria counts ranging from 2,489 to 5,475 per 100 millilitres of water in tests at four stations.

Swimming advisories can go into effect when E. coli bacteria counts exceed 200 per 100 ml.

Results from Friday’s water quality test were set to be posted Saturday at vch.ca but the levels have not been updated as of Monday morning.

E. coli is linked to gastrointestinal illnesses as well as skin and eye infections. The increase in bacteria can be caused by sewer overflows, discharges from boats, animal waste and contamination from recreational vehicles.

District of North Vancouver council is slated to hold a meeting this fall to address residents’ concerns about raw sewage being pumped into the water.

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