Monday November 24, 2014

Lake bans now lifted


The province has lifted a public health advisory about high levels of bacteria in Last Mountain, Echo, Pasqua, Katepwa, Crooked and Round Lakes.

Tests on water samples taken Monday have confirmed that levels of E.coli at all public beaches tested have dropped to a level considered safe for swimming and in-water recreational activities.

The public is urged to continue using caution at flooded beaches as physical hazards might be present. Also, flooding has resulted in debris in many lakes and rivers.

“Public health officials from the health regions took water samples at several public beaches and the results are well within acceptable levels,” Director of Environmental Health for the Ministry of Health Tim Macaulay said. “We thank people for their patience, and for taking steps to ensure the health and safety of their families.”

Other factors contributing to the decision to lift the advisory include receding flood and the recent warm weather helping to break down bacteria in the water.

Though the advisory is no longer in effect, people should consult a medical professional if they develop symptoms like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea or stomach cramps after recreational water activity.  Health-related questions about water quality can be directed to HealthLine 811 or local health region public health offices at



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