Potential Sulfolane contamination; alternate water use advised as precaution
March 14, 2014
EDSON – Due to potential Sulfolane contamination in some private drinking water wells surrounding the South Rosevear Gas Plant (10-11-054-15-W5M, in Yellowhead County), residents located within five kilometers of the Plant are advised to use an alternate source of water for drinking and other human consumption, as a precautionary measure.
Foods can be cooked in well water only if water will be fully drained before serving (e.g. boiling eggs). An alternate source of water is not recommended for showering or bathing, as Sulfolane is not absorbed through skin, and cannot be inhaled through water vapours.
Initial testing of potentially impacted private water wells has started. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development will continue to work with the plant operators to ensure that proper mitigation and remediation plans are in place and implemented.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Health will continue to update impacted residents directly, as new information becomes available. Updates will also be posted on the AHS Health Advisory webpage (http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp)
Residents in the above noted area are advised to call Health Link Alberta at 1.866.408.5465 (LINK) with any related health concerns or questions.
Agricultural producers may want to use an alternative water source for their animals if one is available. Please contact the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian at 780-427-3448 before shipping animals or animal products from farms in the affected area.
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.
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