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Warning signs posted in Inverness after potentially toxic algae found in water


By Neil MacPhail

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A warning sign at Westhill, Inverness.
A warning sign at Westhill, Inverness.

THE public in part of Inverness has been warned about potentially toxic blue-green algae in a local water system.

Warning signs have been posted at Woodside Village, Westhill, Inverness, close to Les Enfants Nursery and beside a children’s playpark.

Councillor Duncan Macpherson, Inverness South, said: "The signs warn people to take extra precautions while out with their children or walking with pets, after this a rise in reports of potentially toxic blue-green algae."

The affected area is at a SUDS pond (Sustainable Urban Drainage System), at Woodside Village, Westhill, close to Les Enfants Nursery and beside a children’s playpark.

Contact with the algae can cause serious harm animals if left untreated and can cause rashes and illness to humans.

One public notice reads: "The public are advised that it is a sensible precaution for humans and animals not to consume the water and to avoid contact with the water where possible."

Algal blooms are usually the result of a nutrient, like nitrogen or phosphorus from fertilizer run-off, entering the aquatic system and causing excessive growth of algae, and are more common in the summer. An algal bloom affects the whole ecosystem.

The SUDS pond at Westhill.
The SUDS pond at Westhill.

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