The Council is advising residents to keep away from the water at Sandhill Lake, Worksop. The Environment Agency have confirmed that we have Blue-Green Algae in the Lake, known locally as Godfreys Pond.
Bloom and scum forming blue-green algae can produce toxins. These are known as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). These toxins can kill wild animals and domestic pets. We are advising pet owners to keep their animals away from the affected waters.
In humans, they can cause rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed. Illnesses including skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain have occurred in people who’ve swallowed or swam through algal scum. These haven’t led to long-term effects or death but, in some cases, the illnesses can be severe.
IT IS A SENSIBLE PRECAUTION FOR RESIDENTS, CHILDREN AND PETS TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THE WATER.
Last Updated on Thursday, April 22, 2021