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Water quality advisory issued for Williamson Provincial Park at Sturgeon Lake

July 31, 2020

VALLEYVIEW – Due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria currently present in the water of Williamson Provincial Park at Sturgeon Lake, AHS is advising the public not to swim or wade in Williamson Provincial Park area of Sturgeon Lake, effective immediately.

Elevated levels of fecal bacteria were detected via testing of Williamson Provincial Park at Sturgeon Lake water. At current levels, gastrointestinal illness may result from contact with the water and there is the possibility of skin, ear and eye infections with water contact.

If members of the public do decide to access the water at the Williamson Provincial Park at Sturgeon Lake, 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 Williamson Park at Sturgeon Lake and signage will be posted at common beach access points.

This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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...

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelley Rattray
AHS Communications