The Water Security Agency and the province are warning the public about blue-green algae blooms and the chance more could pop up across Saskatchewan.
Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in some areas in the province. People are encouraged to avoid direct contact and do not consume any surface water where it is present. People are encouraged to keep their animals or livestock away from the blooms.
In a news release, the province says direct contact or consumption of algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Caution should be taken when eating fish or shellfish caught in areas of water where blooms are present.
Blue-green algae blooms are a common occurrence in some parts of Saskatchewan during summer months when temperatures get warm. They usually form in shallow, slow moving water. The blooms can last for around three weeks.
The blooms often give a shimmering, foamy appearance with blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan colouration.