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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Posted at 4:24pm

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An algae bloom in Lake Erie has prompted the closure of beaches on Pelee Island.

The Health Unit’s Dr. Gary Kirk says that a blue-green algae bloom could affect the water quality along the shoreline and private well water systems that derive their water from the lake.

Boiling water when there is a blue-green algae bloom contaminates the drinking water and will not remove potential toxins from water.

The Health Unit is recommending an alternative water source such as bottled water.

Pelee Island beaches have also been closed and residents and visitors are being asked not to swim at the beaches.

The Health Unit says it’s dangerous to bathe, shower, cook with or eat fish caught from the water.

For more information on blue-green algae, visit the Health Unit website at https://www.wechu.org/drinking-water/blue-green-algae-bloom

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