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Toxic algae in Lake San Antonio prompts warnings

The Monterey County Health Department has issued a warning for Lake San Antonio Lake South Shore advising people and pets to be cautious about swimming near harmful algae. This file photo of toxic algae was taken at Laguna Lake in September 2016.
The Monterey County Health Department has issued a warning for Lake San Antonio Lake South Shore advising people and pets to be cautious about swimming near harmful algae. This file photo of toxic algae was taken at Laguna Lake in September 2016. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

The Monterey County Health Department has issued an algae warning for Lake San Antonio South Shore ahead of the long Fourth of July weekend.

The health department is advising swimmers and others who are visiting the lake to be cautious in areas where harmful algae is in the water.

The notice gives the following warnings:

▪  While you can swim in the water, stay away from algae and scum.

▪  Don’t use the water for cooking.

▪  Clean fish with bottled water and throw away the guts.

▪  Don’t let pets and other animals go into or drink the water or eat scum on the shore.

▪  Don’t eat shellfish from affected water.

The health department also notified water consumers on the San Antonio Lake Park South Shore Water System of possible water contamination because of the algae bloom, advising that bottled water should be used for all drinking and cooking.

“There is currently an investigation as to the quality of the water due to the risk of contamination,” a health department news release said.

The notice will remain in effect until the issue is resolved and health department officials give clearance.

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