The advisory against recreational use of Lake Torment in East Dalhousie, Kings Co., has been lifted. It has been in place since June 27 due to a potential blue-green algae bloom.
“Inspection of the lake indicates that the bloom is over and swimming and other recreational activities should now be safe,” said Linda Passerini, environmental health consultant with the Department of Health and Wellness.
“However, it’s important to remember that drinking untreated water from the lake is never recommended.”
Swimmers are reminded that blue-green algae blooms are naturally occurring and may re-occur given the right conditions.
People should avoid contact with water where blue-green algae is visible. While the risk is low, toxins produced by some blue-green algae can affect health. People should not drink the water or use it to prepare or cook food, or to brush teeth. Boiling the water will not eliminate potential toxins.
People who have ingested water containing toxins from blue-green algae may experience stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Recreational use of the water, bathing, and showering is also not advised. Direct contact with toxins from the algae can cause skin and eye irritation. If symptoms persist after a few days, consult a health-care provider.
Pets and other animals should not be permitted to drink or swim in the water.
More information is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf .