Water Quality Monitoring

It is essential that Alberta’s water is safe for human consumption and other uses, and that we protect the integrity of our aquatic ecosystems. Flooding can bring contaminants to the water system, including increased levels of sedimentation.

In response to the 2013 flood events in southern Alberta, Environment and Parks, formerly Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD), has implemented enhanced water quality monitoring programs for both ambient (raw) water in rivers, streams and reservoirs, and treated drinking water.

Enhanced water quality monitoring was implemented beginning July 2, 2013 at sites on the Bow River, Elbow River, Highwood River, Little Bow River, Sheep River, Mosquito Creek and Twin Valley Reservoir.

These results are shared, as appropriate, with Agriculture and Forestry, formerly Agriculture and Rural Development, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and Health Canada. Updates of the monitoring results will be provided to the public (online) as they become available.

Enhanced Ambient Water

Enhanced Treated Drinking Water


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Updated: Mar 15, 2016