The ability to recognise blue-green algae and quickly confirm its presence using specialist algae testing can help owners, operators and managers of lakes, reservoirs and other watercourses, including recreational water sites, manage the potential health risks to people, pets and other animals. In this expert guide we consider what this algae is and how to recognise it, the risks to people and animals, how these risks can be managed, and the benefits of blue-green algae testing. We conclude by reviewing the recommended trigger levels from the World Health Organization, what these mean for the safe management of watercourses, and how best to treat unwanted algal blooms.
In this specialist guide the experts at Water Treatment Services look at the management of recreational water quality standards required to ensure the safety of bathers and other people using inland and coastal water sites throughout the UK. The guide reviews current regulatory standards, identifies typical contaminants and highlights specific indicator bacteria used to evaluate the safety of both fresh and salt water. The guide also considers the need for specialist laboratory water testing, the potential health issues caused by contaminated bathing water and additional safety considerations that need to be taken in to account.