Only fill water tanks at municipal stations
July 23, 2012
LETHBRIDGE – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding southern Albertans of the health risks with filling fertilizer, pesticide or other improper tanks at municipal water stations.
When an improper tank is filled at a water station, there is an increased potential for the fill hose to become contaminated with chemicals or mud from those tanks.
“The hose can then contaminate the water in subsequent tanks used to haul drinking water for cisterns, which could seriously impact heath.” says Sean Robison, Environmental Public Health supervisor.
Municipalities have signage at water fill stations advising users which tanks are unacceptable for filling says Robison. “AHS, our partner agencies and the municipalities would appreciate the users of these fill stations to use them responsibly to help protect the health and well being of everyone.”
For information and other environmental health resources, including information on well or cistern water testing, please go to http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/4656.asp.
Residents with any health-related concerns can call Health Link Alberta to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 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.
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