Lake mon­i­tored

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Tem­per­a­tures soared across the Wim­mera and Grampians at the week­end, with some parts of the re­gion reach­ing 44 de­grees on Satur­day.

While many took to the wa­ter to cool down, they had to avoid pop­u­lar Hor­sham wa­ter­hole Green Lake, which has been closed due to blue-green al­gae out­break.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil tech­ni­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor John Martin said sam­ples of wa­ter from the lake showed po­ten­tially toxic lev­els of blue-green al­gae.

“Tests have con­firmed what we thought – that the lev­els are po­ten­tially toxic and un­for­tu­nately, the lake will need to re­main closed to swim­ming and boat­ing for the time be­ing,” he said.

Mr Martin said coun­cil staff would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the lake.

“Un­for­tu­nately it’s a dif­fi­cult thing to con­trol,” he said.

“Hope­fully the al­gae will dis­si­pate as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Mr Martin urged peo­ple to avoid the lake’s wa­ter.

“Peo­ple who come into con­tact with this wa­ter should wash af­fected skin im­me­di­ately in clean wa­ter,” he said.

“Peo­ple are also ad­vised not to use the af­fected wa­ter for cook­ing, drink­ing, wash­ing or show­er­ing.

“Boil­ing the af­fected wa­ter will not make it safe to use.”

Mr Martin said the coun­cil would let peo­ple know when the al­gae re­turned to a safe level.

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