Algal Growth in Caragh Lake

Released: 25 July 2008

Water quality monitoring carried out by Kerry County Council has identified the appearance of algal scum at a small number of locations along the shores of Caragh Lake.

This is typically identified by an intense, localised discolouration of the water (normally blue-green or greenish-brown) and the development of a scum along the lake shore at affected areas.

The risk to public health is extremely low, but as a precautionary measure, the public are advised as follows:

• Do not use water from the lake for drinking, cooking or washing.
• Do not swim or paddle in areas where algal scums are present
• Fishermen should avoid contact with waters in areas affected by algal scums.
• Dogs and other small animals should be kept away from affected waters.

Precautionary warning signs have been erected at various locations around the lake and these will remain in place until further notice.

All relevant agencies have been notified and Kerry County Council will continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be provided

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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