Rotokare Lake Closed
Monday, November 26, 2012
Due to high levels of a potentially toxic blue-green algal bloom (Cyanobacter), the lake at Rotokare Reserve is closed to all users until further notice. The grounds at Lake Rotokare Reserve remain open for visitors.
Cyanobacter is a naturally occurring algae capable of producing toxins, most commonly causing skin and eye irritation, but depending on the toxin can cause, sore throats, asthma symptoms, weakness, paralysis, and vomiting or diarrhoea. Any visitors to the reserve showing these symptoms should consult their doctor immediately or contact the Taranaki District Health Board Public Health Unit on 06 753 7798 for further information.
Visitors to the lake should not to collect or eat fish and plant life or come into contact with the water.
The South Taranaki District Council properties and facilities manager John Sargeant says the lake will remain closed until cleared by the Taranaki District Health Board.
Alternatives for water skiing and lake activities are suggested on Lake Rotorangi at Glenn Nui, Tangahoe or Patea Dam Camp site off Ball Rd.
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