CALGARY – Due to elevated levels of fecal coliforms that continue to be detected in the water of Elbow River (within the city of Calgary, between Sandy Beach and 9 Ave. S.E.), Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising the public not to swim or wade in the Elbow River at or between the above sites, in full.
The public is also advised not to drink this untreated river water, as water-borne organisms, including fecal coliforms, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
NOTE: the original advisory (issued July 8, 2016) did not include Sandy Beach or Stanley Park (areas upstream of 25 Ave. S.W.). As a precautionary measure, this extended advisory now also applies to both of those areas, due to the ongoing detection of elevated fecal coliforms in this river corridor, in general. Signage has already been posted at these two additional locations, also as a proactive preventative measure.
Elevated levels of fecal coliforms are detected via routine testing of the river water. At current levels, skin, ear and eye infections can result from any contact with Elbow River water.
AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water of the Elbow River. Signage has already 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.