Construction crews working in Gimli on Tuesday punctured a waste-water treatment line, leading to untreated waste-water making its way toward Lake Winnipeg.
The province is advising people not to enter the water at Gimli Beach, Loni Beach and South Beach until water samples for E. coli confirm no surface water contamination.
Officials say the waste flowed into the town’s storm drains and possibly into the shoreline beach area. However, there is no risk to the town’s public water system.
“This event does not affect other beaches in the Lake Winnipeg South Basin. The waste-water treatment system has been repaired and no further release is expected,” a statement read.
All three beaches are being monitored daily until the situation is resolved.