Swimmers allowed to return to Lake Chestermere as bacteria count drops

Alberta Health Services said on Wednesday that water quality had returned to acceptable levels.

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Swimming is again permitted on three beaches on Lake Chestermere after health officials lifted a warning triggered by high levels of fecal bacteria found in the water.

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Alberta Health Services said Wednesday that water quality had returned to acceptable levels at Anniversary Park Beach, Cove Park Beach and Sunset Park Beach.

The city of Chestermere closed access to water on June 17 as a precaution, after high levels of fecal bacteria attributed to spring runoff and heavy rains were recorded. The three beaches remained open.

AHS now says the health risk is low for recreational water users.

“As always, visitors and residents are reminded never to drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake or reservoir, at any time,” it said in a statement.

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