Crews have began Monday morning treating the pond at Hawrelak Park to take care of the Blue-green Algae problem. Alberta Health Services issued an advisory Friday, the second year in a row this has happened.
“What I’ve been told from our scientists internally, is it’s not as severe as it was last year,” said Rob Smyth the city’s GM of citizen services. “In fact last year we were not even sure which option to pursue. Chlorination was one of a couple of options to be looked at and ultimately it was the right way to go.”
“It wasn’t totally unexpected quite frankly. There have been other lakes in the province obviously that have had the same kinds of issues so we had a scenario planned if this were to happen, we’d be able to move forward.”
Treating the water with chlorine was the lesson learned when this cropped up a year ago, Smyth said. “Then after the first treatment we’ll do some more testing and see how the testing comes back and then we’ll do some follow up chlorination tomorrow and then during the course of the week. So we’re very optimistic.”
“We had three weeks virtually to get the water quality to where we need to get it to. I think last year we had a week’s notice, so it was all hands on deck last year.”
The ITU triathlon is scheduled for Sept 2-4.