Blue-green algae blooms are a natural seasonal phenomenon that may appear in lakes, rivers and ponds. Some species have the potential to produce toxins which may be harmful to people and animals. Toxins are released into the water when the algae cells are damaged or begin to decay. Direct contact with the toxin can cause skin irritation and if ingested in higher concentrations, may result in vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
UPDATE - An update from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the sampling at Remi Lake in Moonbeam has indicated no presence of microcystins, the toxin produced by blue-green algae. The Porcupine Health Unit reminds residents to follow these precautions when algae blooms are visible in the water.
A boil water advisory is issued when harmful germs may be in a drinking water supply. Boiling water will kill the germs and make it safe to drink. Follow these general recommendations on how to use the water if a boil water advisory has been issued in your community.
For those of us who have our own well, it’s easy to take the quality of our water for granted. Public Health Inspector Tanya Musgrave outlines some tips to keep your well water safe.
Over 80 percent of Ontarians receive their drinking water from municipal drinking water systems. Those that do not have access, install some sort of private drinking water system, they may have a well or they may draw and treat water from surrounding surface water sources.
The Porcupine BeachWise program has ended for the season. Check back for updates next June.
Join the PHU Inspection Team in Moonbeam for a presentation on the safe disposal of sewage. The session takes place Tuesday, December 5, from 7 – 9 p.m.at the Moonbeam Community Centre.
All public pools, spas, and wading pools in the Porcupine Health Unit`s district are inspected on a regular basis. To ensure that these facilities are safe for public use, operators of these facilities must know the regulations and guidelines that pertain to their operation.