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Fort McMurray Water Problems

Common water issues in Fort McMurray, and how to fix them

The Athabasca River flows out of Columbia Glacier in Jasper National Park and passes by Fort McMurray, where it feeds the Clearwater River, providing Fort McMurray residents with their choice of rivers to source water from. Like many surface water resources in Alberta, both these rivers are prone to certain features that can prove aesthetically and sometimes functionally troublesome.

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

You’ll generally know hard water when you have it. A result of high mineral content dissolved in the water, minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron have a habit of finding their way into surface water sources like lakes and rivers. Sometimes beneficial in trace amounts, they can also cause headaches around the home.

  • Stiff, scratchy laundry
  • Slow-flowing fixtures and faucets
  • Early appliance burnout
  • Higher utility bills
  • Tough-to-clean sinks, toilets, and tubs


Usually a residual effect of municipal treatment, Fort McMurray residents are not alone in noticing the occasional odour of swimming pool coming from the tap. While it’s usually harmless and means that your water has been safely treated, it’s often less than thirst-quenching, and can irritate skin and exacerbate skin allergies in high enough concentrations.

Dry, Itchy Skin

Fort McMurray residents have a few water factors working against their skin, since both mineral content and chlorine have notoriously drying effects. While most noticeable for people with sensitive skin, allergies, or eczema, it makes lotion a high-priority item, and can also leave your hair feeling brittle to boot.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking to save from running the tap while waiting for it to cool.

Did You Know?

The Athabasca River is the longest river in Alberta.


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