The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued at Pegasus Lake. This was issued on 24 February 2016.
Recent water testing at Pegasus has shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) in the lake has decreased and concentrations are now below the levels that are of concern to public health.
Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says as we move into winter there is a decreased chance of the toxic algae returning until the warmer months.
"People are reminded to be aware of the signs of the presence of cyanobacteria in the lake as the monitoring frequency has now reduced from weekly to monthly," Dr Pink says.
Facts about cyanobacteria:
For more information visit Environment Canterbury's website. Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777.
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