Safety signs deployed at toxic lake
The use of public warning signs is proving effective at a lake in Pennington Flash Park in Manchester, it has been stated.
Dangerous algae have appeared over the surface of Leigh reservoir, according to the Bolton News.
The algae are cyanobacteria, also known as 'pond scum'. It can appear in lakes, ponds and streams. It is encouraged to appear when water is nutrient-rich.
Algae poisoning can be serious, causing cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting, headache, fever, muscle weakness and respiratory problems.
Authorities are particularly concerned as the toxic algae has appeared only days before the Ironman Triathlon takes place Ã‚â€“ the reservoir will host the swimming section of the event where over 1,400 athletes are expected to take part.
And now safety signs have been put in place around the water to warn members of the public.
However, officials moved to quell concerns. Richard Wallace, race manager, said expert advice should prove reassuring.
He told the news provider: "We've had advice from experts, and they say itÃ‚â€™s okay. We can almost guarantee that the water is clean and safe to bathe in.
"The council put out blue-green algae warnings when they did a sample, but they're in every single stretch of water in the country. It's not something we're too worried about."
In 2008 a lido in Bury affected by algae was drained after the local authority felt it presented a health and safety risk.
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