The Okanagan Indian Band (OIB) is warning the public at the north end of Okanagan Lake to refrain from entering the water and not consume surface waters drawn from the lake until further notice.
The OIB’s emergency operations centre confirmed on Sunday that raw sewage leaked into the lake with organic debris and, with the added high temperatures, an algae bloom.
The OIB says it will continue to monitor the area and notes the algae bloom occurrence will be a common sight over the next week.
It adds that at this time there is no odor but as the Algae bloom becomes oxygeneated, a distinct sulphur odor will be a natural release.
In a news release issued by the OIB, there is a list of ways to protect yourself and your family from the toxic algae:
Raw sewage is a germ-infested containing disease causing micro-organisms such as E Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A, Cholera and more.
Open cuts and wounds can become severely infected by contaminated water.
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