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High Phosphorus Levels At Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The Town of Fort Macleod is currently experiencing high incoming phosphorus levels in our wastewater treatment plant, leading to significant treatment issues. It is important to note that this does not affect our drinking water or water supply.

Despite the tireless efforts of our operators, the elevated phosphorus levels pose a serious challenge to our wastewater treatment process. If left unaddressed, these levels will continue to compromise the efficiency of our system and potentially lead to more severe issues in the future.

We are actively working to identify the source(s) of the phosphorus. In the meantime, we urge all residents and businesses, to help mitigate this issue. The most recent incidents appear to be directly tied to the discovery of substantial amounts of hay and/or straw within our primary screening process.

We ask that all livestock or fertilizer/chemical trailers and equipment be cleaned manually before washing. These items should be washed at appropriate facilities equipped with pre-treatment and settling systems (car and truck washes), not in personal areas such as garages or shops. Please follow proper procedures and protocols while using these facilities.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the Town Office at 403-553-4425.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Anthony Burdett
Chief Administrative Officer

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