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Beach Sampling Results: Bacteriological Monitoring Program


As one means of ensuring Alberta’s recreational bodies of water are safe and healthy, Alberta Health Services (AHS) seasonally monitors designated public beaches for adherence to bacteriological guidelines. Initial sampling establishes baseline water quality levels; subsequent routine monitoring ensures that that baseline is maintained.


More specifically, in Alberta, the fecal coliform concentrations found in monitored bodies of water are measured against recreational water quality standards, as outlined in Alberta’s Public Health Act, Nuisance and General Sanitation Regulation. Although generally not harmful themselves, the presence of fecal coliforms indicates the possible presence of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria, viruses, and protozoan, all of which also live in human and animal digestive systems. The presence of fecal coliforms in water therefore acts as a determinant of risk of illness.


Should routine monitoring identify bacteriological water quality concerns that pose risk to human health, AHS advises public of that health risk, including by issuing an AHS Health Advisory for the contaminated body of recreational water.


The sample results posted on the below pages are for information purposes only, and are not intended as an advisory for Albertans.


AHS continues to advise Albertans of recreational water quality concerns in their local areas, through the release of AHS Health Advisories. All Active Health Advisories can be found online at: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp. Albertans are encouraged to check the AHS Advisories page regularly, to ensure that they are aware of recreational water quality concerns – and other health risks – present in their community.


Please note that sample results reflect the water quality only at the time of sampling.  The water samples can take between 7 and 10 days to process and results are therefore not displayed in real time.  Changes in water quality can occur very rapidly and frequently.  The sampling results we provide are for informational purposes only. 


Click on a location below to see the sample results for a particular date.


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