Thursday 14 November 2019Media release2 minutes to read
Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued for Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa on the 1 October 2019.
Recent water testing at Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa, 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.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says Environment Canterbury’s sampling of Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa will continue on a fortnightly basis.
“The public will be informed if testing shows that concentrations have increased and there is a risk to public health again, but at least this means people can fully enjoy Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa during show weekend,” says Dr Humphrey.
Facts about cyanobacteria:
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