Fecal bacteria in Chestermere Lake prompts advisory to stay out of the water

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Anniversary Park in Chestermere Lake is pictured in a 2020 file photo. (Helen Pike/CBC - image credit)
Anniversary Park in Chestermere Lake is pictured in a 2020 file photo. (Helen Pike/CBC - image credit)

UPDATED JUNE 22, 2022: The water advisory has been lifted for all of Chestermere Lake.

Alberta Health Services issued a water quality advisory on Friday for Chestermere Lake because of elevated levels of fecal bacteria.

AHS says people should not swim or wade in the water at Anniversary Park Beach, Cove Park Beach or Sunset Park Beach, effective immediately.

Contact with the water could result in gastrointestinal illness. Skin, ear and eye infections are also possible. Water-borne organisms, including fecal bacteria, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

"As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any river, lake or reservoir at any time," the advisory said.

The community of Chestermere Lake abuts Calgary's eastern city limits.

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