Council warns public to avoid lake water

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THE presence of blue green algae in Brooklands Lake has been confirmed following tests by the Environment Agency.

Worthing Borough Council has advised visitors to the lake to avoid contact with the water and to keep pets away from it until further notice.

Signs are being put up to alert visitors.

A spokesperson from Worthing Borough Council said: “Contact with the water could result in the following symptoms: skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever. Pains in muscles and joints can occur if any users of the water have swallowed or swam through algal scum. Visitors are advised to seek medical help if they experience any symptoms having come into contact with the water.”

The news comes after dozens of wildlife have died or become ill after coming into contact with the lake water.

The Council is working with the Environment Agency regarding the situation. To report any incidents of pollution or wildlife in distress call the 24 hour emergency hotline on 0800 807060.