Timnath Reservoir Health Advisory
This is a precautionary alert to advise Timnath residents that Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) may be present in areas of Timnath Reservoir. Blue-Green algae can cause illnesses such as; diarrhea, abdominal pain, eye and skin irritation, and rashes.
The photos below were taken At Timnath Reservoir.
How to spot blue-green algae
• A cyanobacteria bloom can turn water turquoise, bright green, pea green, brown or other unusual shades. Rafts of froth or foam sometimes appear.
• At times blooms appear along shorelines and in bays and other areas shielded from wind and waves, and often follow periods of hot, calm weather and can persist into the fall.
• Experts advise against wading or swimming in water with this appearance, and keeping dogs and livestock away.
To protect yourself and your pets:
- avoid contact with blue-green algae blooms
- Do not swim or wade in water where blue-green algae is visible
- Do not drink or cook with water from this reservoir
- Clean fish well and discard guts – avoid eating fish that look unhealthy
- If contact occurs, wash with clean water as soon as possible
If, after being in the reservoir, you or your animals have sudden or unexplained sickness call your doctor or veterinarian.