The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising people to avoid direct contact with any surface water where blue-green algae blooms are found and to avoid drinking it.
The hot weather has meant the quick growth of algae blooms in lakes and reservoirs. The bloom colour can be blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan.
Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency says this is not something that will only last a couple of days then disappear.
“The conditions we have seen in the last couple of weeks and the forecast in the future are really shaping up,” Boyle said. “We could see more of these reports of those algae blooms. So definitely for livestock, it’s something to watch out for. It can be toxic to livestock, so certainly producers have to look out for that.”
Boyle says direct contact with algae-contaminated water or consumption of it can cause red skin, a sore throat, cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.