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Council warning over Algae blooms at North Dock

SIGNS have been erected at North Dock warning of algae blooms.

Carmarthenshire County Council is warning members of the public to avoid coming into contact with the water while signs are in place warning of the possibility of contamination through natural causes.

The algae may cause illness in both humans and animals, so members of the public are advised not to swim in the water; swallow water; avoid contact with the algae; not to allow pets to come into contact with the water and to observe and abide by notices positioned around the dock and water park.

Tests carried out at North Dock, Llanelli, by Natural Resources Wales confirmed algae presence. This is despite improvements to the water circulation. The situation will be monitored at North Dock and the Council will continue to work with partners to understand how these naturally occurring blooms can be resolved.

Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Decarbonisation and Sustainability said: “The build-up of algae and algae blooms is a natural occurrence which happens from time to time, particularly during periods of hot weather. We recognise the disappointment that the users of North Dock will have regarding this news, however the Council takes its responsibility towards the public health of its residents and visitors as a top priority hence why the notices advising not to enter the water have been put in place around North Dock. We are urging people to abide by the warning we have issued. We will continue to monitor the situation alongside partners and will keep members of the public updated.”

Public Health Wales advises the algae can produce toxins which can cause skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, fever and headache if swallowed.

If you have any health concerns, please contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales on 111.