Bathing Waters in South Lakeland
The monitoring of water quality at designated
bathing beaches is the responsibility of the Environment
Bathing waters are normally only tested during the summer
months. Details of these are posted in prominent positions around
the areas designated as a bathing water beach. You can also
view the latest bathing water results:
Swimming pools and whirlpool baths etc. must be checked by the
operator regularly, although this department may periodically make
Blue Green Algae
Blue-green algae can potentially make people feel quite ill if
swallowed or even by just swimming in it. People need to be aware
of the affects and be extra careful and vigilant when using the
lakes and rivers for recreational purposes during the summer
months. The public should observe any notices near affected areas,
and avoid contact with or drinking the water.
Many waters are vulnerable to problems with blue-green algae,
typically between June and November. All blue-green algal blooms
should be assumed to be toxic and the blooms vary in colour from
discoloured green, blue-green, greenish brown, or reddish brown.
The Environmental Agency monitor the waters regularly for the
presence of blue green algae but the public should report any
affected bathing water. Information and details on how to respond
are in the attached document.