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Strathclyde Park Water Test


North Lanarkshire Council have advised animals stay out the water due to “the natural occurrence" of blue-green algae.

The next test on water quality at Strathclyde Park is set for October 31 – amid warnings that dogs should not enter the loch.

It comes after concern was raised on social media on October 25 about an animal who became unwell after going in the water.

North Lanarkshire Council have since advised that dogs should not be let in the water due to “the natural occurrence of blue-green algae” in the loch.

Water quality is tested at the park every fortnight and the last set of results on October 17 came back clear.

The results from the test scheduled for October 31, will be available some time later that week.

Ken Forbes, head of the council’s environmental assets said: “Signs around the loch clearly advise dog owners not to allow their dogs to enter the water. We check these signs on a daily basis, and owners must be responsible in complying with these warnings.

“A clear blue green algae result was given to our water quality 10 days ago (October 17). We have left the warning signs in place until we receive a second clear reading.”

Blue green algae can have harmful effects on humans and animals. It is naturally occurring and there is no way to stop it from appearing.

Warm weather conditions can result in algae blooms. Symptoms of exposure to blue green algae in humans (meaning contact with or ingestion of affected water) include abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore throats and blistering in the mouth.

More serious effects, such as atypical pneumonia and gastroenteritis are also possible. Ingestion of the toxic scums that can be formed by the algae is also reported to have caused deaths in cattle, sheep, dogs, birds and fish.

A council spokesperson reiterated: “Please do not allow your dogs to enter the water at Strathclyde Park. There are warning signs in place around the loch. This is due to the natural occurrence of blue-green algae in the loch. Blue-green algae occurs when temperatures are consistently warmer than usual or when there is little wind and rain, as has been the case in recent weeks. There is no way to prevent it but we monitor water quality and put warning signs up when algae is above normal levels.”

A triathlon at Strathclyde Park in 2008 was postponed after an algae bloom was found in the loch, and warnings to stay out of the water were issued over a number of subsequent summers.