Call to fix fountain and ease algae fears
A fountain deployed to help tackle toxic algae in Carlingwark Loch is still out of commission – a year after breaking down.
The council installed the aerating fountain in 2009 to improve water quality and clarity.
But it failed last summer – sparking complaints that smelly green scum was polluting the Castle Douglas beauty spot.
Now Castle Douglas Community Council fears the algae will return just as the school holiday season gets underway. Chairman Alistair Clark said: “The algae can build up quite quickly.
“We don’t want that to happen for public health and animal health reasons.
“It’s a big concern when people are using the loch for canoeing and fishing.
“The algae stinks quite a bit when it dies.”
The algae, known as cyanobacteria, can cause severe illness in humans and is potentially fatal to pets and livestock.
Oxygenating the water can help prevent its build-up.
Mr Clark also said the fountain was also a draw for visitors.
“It would be nice to get the fountain up and running again,” he told the News.
“We have been in touch with the council but they say it’s knackered.
“They said it was not repairable – why that was, they did not go into.
“They never said what the cost of a new one would be.”
He added: “It’s very unfortunate because it did seem to make a difference.
“It was also an attractive feature in the loch and really caught people’s eye when it was switched on.”
The council’s economy, environment and infrastructure committee is responsible for the fountain’s upkeep.
Castle Douglas and Crocketford councillor John Young, a member of the committee, pledged to investigate.
He said: “I am disappointed no action has been taken.
“I will follow this up see if the fountain can be fixed.
“I believe they were waiting for a part for it.
“This length of delay is just not good enough.”
Toxic problems Clark fears algae will return