Water warning as blue green algae detected in Havant

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TESTS have detected a form of blue green algae.

The Environment Agency carried out the tests on behalf of Havant Borough Council, and found a bloom of cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue green algae – which can be found in freshwater lakes, streams and ponds. They produce toxins that affect people, livestock and pets that swim in and drink from the algae-contaminated water. Blue green algae is naturally occurring usually during periods of calm, warm weather. Residents are advised to be cautious, avoid contact with water with a blue-green appearance or a ‘pea soup’ like colour.