Residents and visitors in the Lumsden Dam area of Kings Co. are advised that blooms of blue-green algae have been spotted in Lumsden Pond.
The blue-green algae blooms are naturally occurring but can produce toxins. Boiling the water will not eliminate potential toxins.
Contact with the water should be avoided to prevent potential health risks. People should not drink the water, use it to prepare or cook food, or use it to brush teeth.
Recreational use, bathing and showering are not advised. Direct contact with toxins from the algae can cause skin and eye irritation.
People who have ingested water containing toxins from blue-green algae may experience stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. If symptoms persist after a few days, consult a health-care provider.
Pets and other animals should not drink or swim in the water.
More information is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf and