8 June 2018
The health warning issued in November 2017 for Lake Rotoehu has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.
Results of water testing by Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirm that the algal bloom has subsided in the lake.
Despite the lifting of the warning, it is important to note that algal blooms can occur quite quickly in the right conditions, so it is always a good idea to check the water yourself before you get in.
“Algal blooms can develop rapidly and unpredictably and can sometimes produce toxins that are harmful to people as well as animals.
"If the water looks discoloured, has an unusual smell, or has green or brown particles suspended in it, or if there is scum floating on the surface or along the shoreline, it is best to avoid contact with it,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health.
Written by Toi Te Ora Public Health.
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