Melbourne Water is advising people to avoid contact with Spring Lake at Caroline Springs, (locally known as Lake Logan, located off Caroline Springs Boulevard) following the detection of blue-green algae.
Melbourne Water Manager Regional Services (West), Emily Phillips, said there were many forms of blue-green algae and the species currently present in the lake could be harmful to animals or humans.
“It’s important that people and their pets avoid contact with the water and make sure that it does not come into contact with their skin or eyes,” said Ms Phillips.
Signs have been erected in the area to warn people of the potential hazards and monitoring of the water will continue.
In accordance with guidance provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, signage will remain in place until several weeks of consecutive clear results are recorded.
Blue-green algae occurs naturally and forms blooms during hot weather, periods of drought or low flow, or where there is an accumulation of nutrients in waterways or water bodies.