Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Please be advised a sample from Lake Mindemoya on August 20th (12 days ago) has tested positive for blue green algae and was announced today.
IF YOU SEE a bloom near your property or water intake line (or smell an unusual odour or see discolouration in your water) :
Avoid using the water for drinking, bathing, or showering, and do not allow children, pets, or livestock to drink or swim in the bloom.
Be aware that shallow drinking water intake pipes can pump in blue-green algae.
Do not boil the water or treat it with a disinfectant, like bleach, because it breaks open the algae cells, which releases more toxins into the water.
Do not rely on water jug filtration systems as they may not protect against the toxins.
Avoid cooking with the water because food may absorb toxins from the water during cooking.
Follow the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Guide to Eating Ontario Fish. Exercise caution with respect to eating fish caught in water where blue-green algal blooms occur. Residents should not eat the liver, kidneys, and other organs of fish.