As per the information provided by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the blue-green bacteria like algae is spreading and the growth can be seen near the Utah Lake. It is even forecasted as per the Friday afternoon information that if the growth continues like this, then very soon it will cover the Jordan River.
The Cyanobacteria or the blue-green bacteria like algae seem to be a repeat of the year 2016. In fact, it is posing major health issues for the people visiting the Utah Lake. It is one of the busiest holiday locations preferred by the people in and around the area.
Provo Bay is the first place where the outbreak has been noticed. Now the authorities are looking for any kinds of health issues to the public in and around the area. In fact, they are giving warnings to the people to remain cautious and if possible avoid the place for some time.
Spreading of blue-green bacteria making the Utah Lake a dull tourist spot
People are persuaded to visit the Utah Lake even after the onset of blue-green bacteria or algae. One can enjoy boating in the lake, but swimming should be given a miss for a particular point of time. All this because of the health reasons and safety measures.
Areas with heavy scum should be avoided for swimming purposes. But, as per the report released on Thursday, most parts of the lake were found to be safe. Provo Bay Marina being the closest point wherein one can remain in touch with the blue-green bacteria or algae. Thus, warnings have been issued in that particular area. The public has been warned to be cautious and prevent any kinds of outbreaks by this algae.
Impact of blue-green bacteria or algae on human beings
The scientists at the Utah Lake study the presence of toxins. They have come out with the outcome that the lake serves home to high levels of cyanobacteria or the blue-green bacteria like algae. The people working on it do not possess complete detail about the same.
However, it is a known fact that these toxins are certainly harmful to the human beings as well as the animals.
As per the reports by the health authority, water should not be consumed in some form, and one must avoid swallowing the same. Avoid the harmful effects on the body, especially the skin in the form of rashes and sensitivity. This water should not be used for drinking directly and must be allowed to be treated to get rid of the impurities of all kinds.
It is quite difficult to make the water toxic free and suitable for drinking or swimming purposes. Over exposure to this adulterated water can lead to various symptoms like:
- Breathing problems giving way to the heart problems and thus requiring immediate medical attention without any kinds of delays.
To conclude, if one goes by the reports, then such contaminated water must be avoided by staying away from the Utah Lake and prevent the onset of blue-green bacteria or algae.