Friday, June 27, 2014

Beaver Mines residents warned about possible drinking water contamination

Attention: Residents of Beaver Mines and area

Alberta Health Services

Environmental Public Health has concerns about the drinking water quality in the Beaver Mines area. Our office has been investigating recent failed private sewage systems in Beaver Mines and is concerned that this could negatively impact both the groundwater and surface water quality of the community and surrounding areas. While the failed system has been contained and remediation measures are in place to prevent sewage from being disposed of on the surface, there may still be a risk that water sources have been contaminated.

The groundwater table in the area is very shallow making it particularly susceptible to contamination with disease causing organisms that can be found in sewage. Symptoms of water-borne illness can include diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach.

Because groundwater and surface water are the primary drinking water sources for the residents of the Beaver Mines area, Environmental Public Health wants to make sure people are aware of the risk of contaminated drinking water and encourage residents to take appropriate measures.

Residents with a private water system should take measures to ensure their water source is protected from contamination. As well, it is advised that water be treated with a proper water treatment system that can both filter and disinfect the water, making it safe for human consumption. Finally, Environmental Public Health is also encouraging residents to have their drinking water tested. Sample bottles can be obtained from the Pincher Creek Hospital.

For additional information visit: or contact your local Public Health Inspector at 403-627-1230.

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