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Cyanobacteria reproduce explosively under certain conditions. This results in algal blooms, which can become harmful to other species, and pose a danger to humans and animals.
Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, are naturally occurring microscopic organisms found in fresh, brackish, or marine water that can release cyanotoxins into freshwater systems. These toxins can pose a serious public health risk as exposure through skin contact, or ingestion of contaminated drinking water or food can cause symptoms ranging from minor irritation to more serious...View Full Article
Video Transcript Disasters can cause disruption to water supplies affecting homes, businesses and public services. Are you prepared for a water emergency? This video will teach you how to access safe drinking water in an emergency. The recommended emergency water supply for drinking, cooking, washing and other needs is four liters per person per day for at least three days. An emergency water...View Full Article
Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water: Occurrence, Risks, Management and Knowledge Gaps for Public Health
With warming temperatures due to climate change and increased nutrient loads to freshwater systems, the occurrence of harmful algal blooms, largely associated with toxin-producing cyanobacteria, is expected to increase across Canada. While cyanoblooms have affected Canadian waterbodies for many years, the potential to negatively impact drinking water supplies is considered an emerging area of...View Full Article
The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. Speakers: Juliette O'Keeffe, Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEHVictoria (Tory) Colling, Scientist, Walkerton Clean Water Centre Title: Cyanobacteria and...View Full Article
This webinar will present the updated Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality on cyanobacterial toxins. It will discuss the recommended approaches to responding to potential risk from these toxins in Canadian drinking water sources. Proposed updates to guidance on dealing with cyanobacteria in recreational water sources will also be presented. This webinar is presented by the Water Quality...View Full Article