Of­fi­cials warn of toxic al­gae at 2 ponds

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­land pub­lic health and en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials are warn­ing the pub­lic to avoid two more bodies of wa­ter be­cause of toxic al­gae blooms.

The state de­part­ments of Health and En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment say Wat­son Reser­voir in Lit­tle Comp­ton and Gar­diner Pond in Mid­dle­town should be avoided be­cause of blue-green al­gae, or cyanobac­te­ria, blooms that can harm hu­mans and an­i­mals.

Peo­ple should avoid recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties around these wa­ters, and shouldn’t drink or eat fish from them. Pets also shouldn’t be al­lowed to drink or swim in the af­fected wa­ter.

Contact can cause ir­ri­ta­tion of the skin, nose, eyes, and throat. Drink­ing the wa­ter can cause di­ar­rhea, vom­it­ing and nausea. Al­though both Wat­son Reser­voir and Gar­diner Pond are drink­ing wa­ter sources, nei­ther is cur­rently be­ing used to de­liver drink­ing wa­ter to res­i­dents.

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