Algae alarm in off-lead park

January 18, 2018

Pet owners have been urged to not let their dogs drink water at Harcourt Park, Bendigo because of a toxi-blue-green algae outbreak.

WATER quality monitoring has detected high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae at Harcourt Park, Bendigo’s off-lead dog park in Crook Street.

Blue-green algae occurs naturally and can be dangerous to animals. Characteristic signs of swallowing water containing high levels of algae include nausea, vomiting and disorientation, and can lead to more serious health problems.

City Manager Safe and Healthy Environments Caroline Grylls said members of the public were advised to keep dogs away from the water.

“Pet owners are encouraged to continue to exercise and socialise their dogs at the park but be vigilant in preventing them from entering or drinking the water,” Ms Grylls said.

The City will continue to closely monitor the situation at the park. Warning signs have been placed at various points around the area.

People and animals that come into contact should wash their skin immediately in clean water.

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