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Water Today Title November 25, 2017

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Boil or bring your own water in Alberta
With the Rockies on its western flank, Alberta has hundreds of provincial parks and recreational areas. Many of them are still closed due the recent flooding along the Bow and the Elbow Rivers. For a list of park closures, click here.
Among the Parks that were not affected or have since reopened there are no boil water advisories that we can find. Alberta Parks is far more concerned about bears, avalanches, unsafe trails and white nose syndrome in bats advisories than drinking water. This is rugged country for rugged campers.

A search of Alberta Parks' website reveals that in over 75 parks or recreation areas, campers are advised that 'Water is available from a hand pump at this site. Although Alberta Parks strives to maintain water quality, we recommend that you bring your own drinking water'. To find out which parks have no drinking water available, use the search on Alberta Parks, asking for 'bring your own water'.

As for private campgrounds, inns, hotels, restaurants, rv parks and resorts, the province of Alberta not only does not report on the quality of their drinking water, the water systems themselves are not regulated. Like gas stations, institutions, offices, schools, they are considered either individual or community small drinking water systems and do not require approval under the EPEA. According to the province's 2009 Environment’s Drinking Water Program,
"They represent approximately 90 per cent of all systems across the province, however only serve approximately 20 per cent of the population." That's some 750,000 people, a number that would likely swell during the summer holidays.
So, best to "bring your own water", or assume that you will be boiling it, when vacationing in Alberta.

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