Warning over toxic algae in popular lake

Brooklands lake with toxic algae

Brooklands lake with toxic algae

First published in News by , Health reporter

People are being warned to steer clear of a popular lake following the re-appearance of toxic algae.

Warning signs are being put up at Brooklands Lake in Worthing advising walkers to avoid contact and keep their pets out of the water.

Last year about 50 animals, including swans, ducks and rats, were found dead on the lake after coming into contact with blue green algae.

The Environment Agency says the algae has formed due to the combination of silt formed on the lake bed and the increase in water temperature.

Contact with the water could lead to skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever.

Pains in muscles and joints can occur if any users of the water have swallowed or swum through the algae.

Visitors are advised to seek medical help if they experience any of the above symptoms having come into contact with the water.

Worthing Borough Council is working with the agency and also carrying out daily checks on the lake.

A statement on its website said dredging the lake to remove silt is one of the options being considered.

It said: “The council needs to understand what is in the silt as this will influence how the silt can be disposed of.

“As a result, testing of the silt is taking place.

“In addition, a longer-term and sustainable solution needs to be found that helps to prevent the build of the silt in the first place. The council is consulting with key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency on these options.”

In the meantime Brooklands Park is still open for business as usual.

People are asked to report any incidents of pollution or wildlife in distress via the 24-hour emergency hotline on 0800 807 060.

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2:58pm Sat 12 Jul 14

The Hatter says...

So no lessons learned from last year? Must to Worthing Borough Council at the bottom of this then.
So no lessons learned from last year? Must to Worthing Borough Council at the bottom of this then. The Hatter
  • Score: 11

3:32pm Sat 12 Jul 14

tykemison says...

The Hatter wrote:
So no lessons learned from last year? Must to Worthing Borough Council at the bottom of this then.
I contacted the council as to try to prevent last years farce, as all lifes main purpose is to reproduce, when I noticed this was back I warned worthing council and lo and behold they have left it until its a hazard to man and beast, not fit for purpose, useless buffoons, check daily? Yeah right.
[quote][p][bold]The Hatter[/bold] wrote: So no lessons learned from last year? Must to Worthing Borough Council at the bottom of this then.[/p][/quote]I contacted the council as to try to prevent last years farce, as all lifes main purpose is to reproduce, when I noticed this was back I warned worthing council and lo and behold they have left it until its a hazard to man and beast, not fit for purpose, useless buffoons, check daily? Yeah right. tykemison
  • Score: 8

4:21pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Zeta Function says...

An amateur chemist could establish whether the water is too acidic or alkaline.

The solution is to adjust the ph balance.

Does the silt come from farm land?
An amateur chemist could establish whether the water is too acidic or alkaline. The solution is to adjust the ph balance. Does the silt come from farm land? Zeta Function
  • Score: 5

5:56pm Sat 12 Jul 14

qm says...

Zeta Function wrote:
An amateur chemist could establish whether the water is too acidic or alkaline.

The solution is to adjust the ph balance.

Does the silt come from farm land?
Nitrates is the usual cause and isn't there a water treatment plant just upstream?
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: An amateur chemist could establish whether the water is too acidic or alkaline. The solution is to adjust the ph balance. Does the silt come from farm land?[/p][/quote]Nitrates is the usual cause and isn't there a water treatment plant just upstream? qm
  • Score: 3

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