Lake Torment in East Dalhousie closed due to possible blue-green algae

Published on June 27, 2014

Lake Torment in East Dalhousie closed to swimmers due to algae bloom.

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Stay out of the water in East Dalhousie, the province is warning area residents and visitors.

The water in Lake Torment is not safe to swim in, or drink water from, because of a possible blue-green algae bloom.

"While the risk is low, avoiding contact with the water is a simple precaution to prevent the potential health risks of some blue-green algae," said Gary O'Toole, director of environmental health at the provincial health department.

Blue-green algae blooms occur naturally and can produce toxins. People should not drink the water or use it to prepare or cook food, or to brush teeth. Boiling the water will not eliminate potential toxins.

People who have ingested water containing toxins from blue-green algae may experience stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Recreational use of the water, bathing and showering is also not advised. Direct contact with toxins from the algae can cause skin and eye irritation. If symptoms persist after a few days, consult a health-care provider.

Pets and other animals should not be permitted to drink or swim in the water.

Read more on the department's website.