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Hot weather proves perfect breeding ground for algae

Issued: 
January 25, 2019

Signs warning of a blue green algae outbreak have been positioned around Lake Guyatt in Sale.

The alert has been issued following testing of the water has detected levels of algae that could pose a threat to pets if they swim in the water.

Council recognises that the water level in Lake Guyatt at the moment is very low, however reminds recreational users of the area to keep their dogs on a lead and do not allow them to swim in the water.

If a person or animal does come into contact with the water, they are advised to wash immediately with fresh water.

Blue green algae occurs naturally and can reproduce quickly in favourable conditions where there is still or slow-flowing or low water levels, abundant sunlight and sufficient levels of nutrients.

The sustained hot weather and lack of rain have provided ideal breeding conditions for the algae.

Council will continue to monitor the health of the lake and conduct regular water tests.

For further information contact Council’s Environmental Health team on 1300 366 244.

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