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Environment Agency tests fresh lake sample as Sedgemoor District Council repeats algae warning

PUBLISHED: 09:29 11 September 2017

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.

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The Environment Agency has tested a second sample of water from a lake containing potentially toxic algae.

Warnings were issued by Sedgemoor District Council last week due to health concerns over a blue-green algae bloom which appeared in a lake at Apex Park, Highbridge.

Tests carried out by the Environment Agency indicated the algae could be hazardous to health, with anyone who has fallen ill after coming into contact with the water urged to seek ‘urgent’ medical help.

Although further testing has shown no visible evidence of the algae, the lake is still green in colour, prompting Sedgemoor District Council to reiterate its warning.

A spokesman said: “The water colour of the lake is still appearing green though there doesn’t appear to be scum visible at this time or any dead fish.

“However, there are still high levels and weekly sampling will continue.

“Warning signs will remain in place.

“Anyone who has come into contact with the water containing blue-green algae should wash with fresh water immediately.

“Anyone who has come into contact with the affected water and become ill should obtain urgent medical attention.”

Visitors to the park are also advised to not allow dogs to drink or swim in the water.

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