The heat wave passing over the province is bringing with it another risk. Blue-green algae blooms are expected to pop up in bodies of water.
The Water Security Agency and provincial Ministry of Health are advising the public to avoid swimming in, or drink water, where blue-green algae blooms are occurring. The blooms often occur during calm, hot weather in parts of lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow-moving or still water with sufficient nutrients.
“Blue-green algae is an algae formation that gives water a certain appearance; a shimmering foamy pea soup appearance,” explained Ron Podbielski with the Water Security Agency. “Blue-green algae are generally blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour.”
Swimming in or drinking the algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhoea. Consuming fish or shellfish caught in areas where a bloom exists should also be done with caution, in particular, the internal organs shouldn’t be eaten.
If you come into contact with the algae, it is recommended you contact your local physician, or Healthline 811.