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Advice to the public – Algae Bloom at Copeland Reservoir

26 July 2021 10:30

NI Water has become aware that there is an algae bloom at Copeland Reservoir. Signage has been erected around the reservoir to make the public aware of the presence of this algae. Copeland Reservoir is not used by NI Water for the public drinking water supply. However it is a popular recreational area and is used for angling by licence through DAERA.

You can’t tell if an algae bloom in the water is toxic just by looking at it, so it’s best to assume that it is harmful and take the following precautions:-

  • Do not swim in the water
  • Do not swallow the water
  • Avoid contact with the water or algae
  • Do not eat fish caught from the water
  • Pet owners should ensure that their animals do not have access to the water or drink the water.
  • Observe and abide by any warning notices positioned around the water

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