Due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria present in the water of Buffalo Lake at Rochon Sands, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising the public not to swim or wade in Buffalo Lake.
Gastrointestinal illness may result from contact with the water and there is the possibility of skin, ear and eye infections with water contact.
Testing as originally conducted on July 31 with the warning issued later that day. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
If members of the public do decide to access the water, they should take precautions to protect themselves. Avoid contact with the face/mouth and ensure hands are washed after being in the water.
Hand washing can also help protect against skin, ear and eye infections.
As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any river, lake or reservoir, at any time. Water-borne organisms, including fecal bacteria, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water of Buffalo Lake at Rochan Sands and signage has been posted at common beach access points.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
– Submitted by Alberta Health Services