By Jamie Rieger
A contaminated water advisory that was issued by Alberta Health Services for Golden Sheaf Park on July 1 is still in effect as of press time on Monday.
According to an AHS statement issued on Canada Day, the advisory was put in place due to elevated levels of fecal coliforms in the lake. As a result, the public are being advised to not swim or wade in the water.
The public is also advised not to drink this contaminated lake water, as water-borne organisms, including fecal coliforms, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Elevated levels of fecal coliforms were detected via testing of the lake water. At current levels, skin, ear and eye infections can result from any contact with Rattlesnake Lake water.
AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water at Golden Sheaf Park – Rattlesnake Lake.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.