The blue-green algae in Hawrelak Park Lake won’t be a problem for the ITU World Triathlon this weekend.
Tests have confirmed that while the algae is still present in the lake, the levels won’t be dangerous to the athletes.
And as Rob Smyth with the City of Edmonton says, a change in scheduling next year will hopefully keep the algae away.
“Next year is sort of mid-summer,” explains Smyth. “So we’re keeping our fingers crossed, because it is earlier in the summer, that the blue-green algae will not materialize.”
But Smyth says, they will continue testing throughout the weekend to ensure the levels remain safe for the competitors.
“We’ll do our testing well in advance of the race,” says Smyth. “And if we have to do some additional treatments, we’ll go down the same path. This was really a learning curve last year for us, and we’re learning more this year.”
Smyth with the City of Edmonton adds that they’re using two different types of equipment to keep the water safe.
“We put in the baffles and the XBOOM on the one part of the lake to do additional treatments, where the athletes will actually be in the water.”
According to Smyth, those systems have been used successfully in previous years.
The triathlon runs September 2-4 at Hawrelak Park. (km/sj)