The Environment Agency has confirmed the presence of Blue Green Algae in Brooklands Lake at Brooklands Park. Visitors should avoid contact with the water and keep pets away. Signs are being put up to alert visitors.
The algae has formed due to the combination of silt formed on the lake bed and the increase in water temperature.
Contact with the water could result in the following symptoms: skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever. Pains in muscles and joints can occur if any users of the water have swallowed or swam through algal scum. Visitors should seek medical help if they experience any of the symptoms having come into contact with the water.
Worthing Borough Council (WBC) have scheduled in extra daily visits to check the lake and pick up any other issues.
WBC is working closely with the Environment Agency during this situation and in the meantime the public are asked to report any incidents of pollution or wildlife in distress via the 24 hour emergency hotline on 0800 807 060.
In the meantime Brooklands Park is still open for business as usual.
Visitors can enjoy the ‘free’ paddling pool, all-inclusive playground, Diddly train and enjoy tea and cake in the café or a have a lovely picnic in the park. The only activity that isn’t open to the public is boating on the lake itself. Visitors can also enjoy a round of Par-3 Golf, Crazy Golf or Go- Karting.