Due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria currently present in the water of Shorncliffe Lake, located nearby Czar, Alta. approximately 40 km. west of Provost, Alta. Health Services (AHS), AHS is advising the public not to swim or wade at the lake’s beach, effective immediately.
At current levels, gastrointestinal illness may result from contact with the water and there is the possibility of skin, ear and eye infections with water contact.
If members of the public do decide to access the lake, they should take precautions to protect themselves. Avoid contact with the face/mouth and ensure hands are washed after being in the lake.
Hand washing can also help protect against skin, ear and eye infections.
Never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any river, lake or reservoir, at any time. Water-borne organisms, including fecal bacteria, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Water quality will be continually monitored and this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.