Algal bloom warning on Keeldra Lake

Leitrim County Council has identified an algal bloom on Keeldra Lake, outside of Mohill, which may be harmful to humans and animals.

Leitrim County Council has identified an algal bloom on Keeldra Lake, outside of Mohill, which may be harmful to humans and animals.

The occurance of blooms is most likely in Summer, during warm, calm weather conditions. An algal bloom may be seen as blue / green streaks or slimey scums on the surface.

As a public health measure, Leitrim County Council wishes to advise the public not to swim in waters where algal blooms are present

Humans and animals should avoid contact with areas that have visible algal concentrations and scums in the water as well as on the shore. Ingestion of water during this time should be avoided and all animals, both farm and domestic should be prevented from drinking for the lake.

Illness from contact with the algal includes skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you do come into contact with the algal bloom, wash as soon as possible to remove the algal matter. Wash all effected clothing and equipment thoroughly.

If you have any further queries regarding this notice please contact Leitrim County Council’s Environmental Hotline on 1890 205 205.