18 Jan 2017

Toxic algae warning for Lake Forsyth

1:56 pm on 18 January 2017

Public health authorities in Canterbury are warning of toxic algal blooms in Lake Forsyth.

Lake Forsyth

Lake Forsyth in Canterbury is prone is algae blooms. Photo: Flickr.com / Nathanael Coyne

The lake, also known as Te Roto o Wairewa, is a customary lake on Banks Peninsula managed by a Ngāi Tahu rūnanga.

The lake is prone to algal blooms.

The Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) said the potentially toxic blue-green algae was dangerous to people and animals, particularly dogs.

The DHB said no-one should drink the water, even if boiled, nor eat fish or shellfish from the lake until the warning was lifted.

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