CLARESHOLM: For the second time this month, Alberta Health is warning about Blue-green
algae in southern Alberta water
This time, it's for the Twin Valley Reservoir, which runs along the border of
the County of Vulcan and the MD of Willow Creek.
Those living in the area or visiting the area of the Reservoir are warned to
-- DO NOT DRINK WATER from or allow your pets to drink water
from the reservoir. Boiling contaminated water does not remove toxins. Provide
an alternative source of drinking water for pets and livestock. Water containing Blue-green algae should NOT be used to water garden vegetables.
-- DO NOT SWIM OR WADE or allow your pets in the
reservoir.... and you should limit consumption of fish from the reservoir.
Blue-green algae produces a toxin that can cause serious illness.
-- Limit Consumption of fish from water ways which contain blue-green algae.
Blue-green algae produce a toxin (poison) that can cause serious
illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water
containing this toxin. Although weather and wind conditions can cause algae
blooms to move from one location in the reservoir to another, the toxin can stay
in the water even after algae have moved or disappeared.
The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
People who come in contact with or ingest water containing toxic blue-green
algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen
lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within
one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are
often more pronounced because they spend more time in the water and are more
likely to accidentally ingest contaminated water.
People who consume contaminated water can develop more serious illnesses,
such as liver damage, over time.
If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae, or if you require
further information on blue-green algae, please call Health Link Alberta at
A similar Warning issued for the Travers Reservoir southeast of Vulcan on
August 15th, is also still in effect.