June 21, 2018
CALGARY – Due to elevated levels of fecal coliforms that continue to be detected in the water of the Elbow River (within the city of Calgary, between Sandy Beach and 9 Ave. S.E.), Alberta Health Services (AHS) is again issuing a reminder to the public not to swim or wade in the Elbow River at or between the above sites.
While an advisory related to this health concern has remained in place since July 8, 2016, this public reminder is being issued in advance of warm summer weather when more people are using the river for recreational activities.
If members of the public do decide to access the river, they should take precautions to protect themselves. Avoid contact with the face/mouth and ensure hands are washed after being in the river as water-borne organisms, including fecal coliforms, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Hand washing can also help protect against skin, ear and eye infections that can result from contact with Elbow River water.
AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water of the Elbow River and signage has been posted at common river 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.
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