Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued two health advisories July 31, warning of water quality issues at two central Alberta lakes: Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake.
At both Gull Lake at Aspen Beach and Buffalo Lake at Rochon Sands, high levels of fecal bacteria were found present in the water.
AHS is advising the public not to swim or wade in the lakes at these locations, effective immediately.
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 those locations, they should take precautions to protect themselves. Avoid contact with the face and 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 at the two locations and signage has been 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.
– Submitted by Alberta Health Services