Advisory to remain in place for Grand Lake over the weekend

Advisory to remain in place for Grand Lake over the weekend

Investigations into a suspected blue-green algae bloom in Grand Lake are continuing and an advisory remains in effect until the source of contamination is identified, says Nova Scotia's deputy minister of the environment. Julie Towers spoke to reporters in Halifax on Friday afternoon. The investigation began after a person went to hospital and two dogs died Wednesday. An alert was issued early Thursday morning warning all residents who take water directly from Grand Lake to stop using the water immediately. Residents near Grand Lake who don't receive water from a municipal utility are advised not to consume their water, or use it for cooking, bathing, swimming or boating, until told otherwise. The department said the advisory includes anyone who has a shallow drilled or dug well that is less than 30 metres deep and is within 60 metres of the lake. Towers said staff of the Environment Department have completed some rapid testing that came back negative for blue-green algae. She noted that the results were not surprising given that it is "tricky to detect" as a result of the …
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