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Health alert over lake algae

Published Thursday, 09 August 2012

Enfield Council is urging park users to avoid contact with the water in Grovelands Park after testing revealed the presence of Blue-green algae in the waters.

Visitors to the park are advised to take the following precautions:

  *   Do not drink water from the lake or allow your pets to drink water from the lake.
  *   Do not swim or wade or allow your pets to swim or wade in this lake.
  *   Avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline.
  *   Do not eat fish from this lake.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Blue-green algae produces a poison that can cause serious illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with it so its very important people stay well clear of the lake water until we give the all clear.
"We are working with the Environment Agency to control and resolve this outbreak but in the meantime we've sealed off the lake and erected warning signs to protect park users and pets. The safety and wellbeing of park users is our number one priority and I hope people will bear with us while we resolve this problem."

People who come in contact with or ingest water containing toxic blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and end in one to two days.
People who drink contaminated water as a primary source for drinking water can develop more serious illnesses, such as liver damage, over time.

Residents with queries should contact the Council's Parks Section on 020 8379 1000.

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