8, 2018 Apex
remain in place for 'potentially toxic' algae in lakes
messages are set to remain in place around Highbridge's Apex Park
lakes after new tests this week revealed 'potentially toxic' algae
is still present.
and Highbridge dog walkers have been urged to stay away from the
lakes since July when the algae was first identified.
District Council spokesperson Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this weeki: "We analysed the samples and confirm that the blue
green algae levels are still above the threshold."
scum formed when the samples were left undisturbed, indicating levels
above the threshold. In addition, our biologist counted the algae
filaments and confirmed that the algae levels were above the threshold.
Signs will therefore need to remain in place."
water, if touched, could cause skin irritation or an 'upset stomach'
and can be dangerous to dogs.
green algae has been a frequent occurence during periods of hot
weather over recent years.
a precaution, visitors have been advised to stay away from the water
and dog owners have been advised to keep their pets from entering
should also avoid "prolonged contact" with the lake and
avoid eating the area's fish where algae is present.
council is urging visitors not to swim in the water, not to let
dogs in the water or let them drink it, nor to swallow the water,
and to avoid contact with the algae, not to eat fish caught from
the water, and to observe and abide by any warning notices positioned
around the water.
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