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Lake Ohakuri Health Warning Lifted

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Lake Ohakuri Health Warning Lifted

The health warning in place since early January for Lake Ohakuri, downstream from Orakeikorako on the Waikato River, has been lifted.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Phil Shoemack, says "results of regular water testing performed by Environment Waikato confirm that the algal bloom has subsided."

Despite the lifting of the warning Dr Shoemack advises that the public should always be alert for signs of algal blooms in any of the lakes on the Waikato River.

"If the lake is discoloured, smelly, or has green or brown particles suspended in it then stay out of the water. Cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae, can multiply rapidly at any time and they always have the potential for toxin production with these toxins being potentially harmful for people as well as animals."

Environment Waikato will continue to monitor the lakes on a regular basis through the summer months.

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