INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - State Health department officials are warning Central Indianaresidents not to swim in or drink the water at Geist and MorseReservoirs. They say high levels of algae is present in thewater and they're urging people to take precaution.
Geist Reservoir is packed every summer with swimmers and boatershaving a good time. It's also a body of water that State Healthofficials say has high levels of Blue-Green Algae.
"Whenever the temperatures get warm like this it occasionallywill happen in the water and its some we should be concerned with,"Kyle Goff with the Department of Natural Resources said.
State Health officials say direct contact with the blue-greenalgae can cause skin irritation. If the water is ingested it caneven cause liver problems.
"It's a condition they get every couple of years and when theytest the water occasionally they'll find it," Goff explained.
Goff said people can stay safe by playing smart, "Stay away fromingesting the water as always, anyways as well as if you do go outboating take a shower and rinse off after you get out of thewater."
"If I do go in the water I'm going to shower very good that'sfor sure," Alex Hotka said.
Hotka is out on Geist Reservoir about four times a week. He'snot concerned about the warning.
"There is some concern, but I think my male aspect of me makesme a little less afraid, so I just like to go out there and havefun," Hotka said.
Eddie Brochin runs a charter fishing service on the reservoir.He is concerned about his business.
"It can have a negative impact on a charter fishing service forsure," said Brochin.
So, officials say if you play, do it at your own risk.
"Everyone wants to see a big scum line or something like thatand that's not necessarily the case," Goff said.
A similar algae bloom is responsible for a large fish kill inthe White River.
State Health officials also say it's a good idea to keep yourpets out of the water as well.
In August of 2007 the same problem occurred at Geist reservoirwhen blue-green algae was found that summer. Health officialsissued the same warning, no serious illnesses were reported.
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