Park users are warned over poison in water
Police are warning dog -walkers and parents to keep their pooches and kids out of the water at Strathclyde Park due to potentially fatal blue-green algae.
Notices have been put in place to warn people the poisonous algae has formed in the loch due to the consistently high tempuratures experienced across the area in the last few weeks.
A Police Scotland Twitter account posted a picture of North Lanarkshire Council’s Water Quality Issues poster with the statement:“Please don’t allow your dogs or children in the water at Strathclyde Park.
“Blue-green algae has been found which will make them ill.”
Blue-green algae is the common term for cyanobacteria, microscopic bacteria found in freshwater lakes.
It can produce toxins such as microcystins and anatoxins that affect people and pets that swim in and drink from the water.
Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure, comas and in worst cases can lead to death.
Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson said:“Although the warm weather is to be welcomed, it does bring with it some health risks.
“Blue-green algae is a common occurrence in water after prolonged periods of increased temperature and parents and guardians as well as pet owners should be cautious, not just in Strathclyde loch but in other ponds or areas of standing water.”
A council spokesperson said:“As a result of the current high temperatures, Strathclyde Loch is affected by blue-green algae.
“This is a common issue in areas of fresh water, particularly during the summer and we monitor the water regularly.
“When blue-green algae appears in the water, our Water Quality Protocol is activated to manage water-based activities on the loch and maintain public health.
“Swimming and other immersion sports are restricted and we recommend users wash their hands thoroughly after being at the loch.
“We also have notices around the loch advising visitors to avoid contact with the water and not to allow dogs to enter or drink the water.”
Strathclyde Park is set to host rowing and triathlon events for the European Championships Glasgow 2018 event next month.
The council are confident they have a plan in place which will allow the sports to go ahead safely.
The spokesperson added:“We can use curtain barriers in place at the south end of the loch to allow the algae to be treated for major events. The barrier and treatment of the water will be used ahead of the rowing and triathlon events at Glasgow 2018 which take place in