July 18, 2014 4:53 pm

Blue-green algae advisory issued for Wizard Lake

Stock photo of Blue-green algae in water at a beach.

Tom Archer, handout

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services is warning residents living around Wizard Lake of blue-green algae in the water.

The algae can produce a poison that can cause serious illness in animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water containing it.

READ MORE: Beware of toxic blue-green algae in Pigeon Lake

People are advised to take the following precautions against blue-green algae:

  • Do not drink water directly from (or allow your pets to) from this lake – boiling the contaminated water won’t remove toxins.
  • Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to) in this lake.
  • Avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline.
  • Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
  • People may wish to limit their own consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as fish may store toxins in their liver.
  • People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.

Wizard Lake is located about 50 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

It is one of several Alberta lakes containing the toxic blue-green algae. Others include Pigeon Lake,  Coal Lake, Lake Isle, Baptiste Lake, and Muriel Lake.

You can learn more about blue-green algae below:

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