Water company 'really sorry' after dog falls ill from toxic algae at Chesterfield reservoir

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A water company says it is ‘really sorry’ after a dog fell ill following a visit to a reservoir near Chesterfield.

Dog walkers have claimed toxic algae – which if eaten has the potential to be lethal to dogs – has been seen at Lineacre Reservoirs, at Cutthorpe.

One resident said in an anonymous post on Facebook: "I let my dog drink from the lower reservoir as the water looked normal and at that point there was nothing to suggest otherwise.

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Severn Trent has apologised after a dog fell ill at Linacre reservoirs.Severn Trent has apologised after a dog fell ill at Linacre reservoirs.
Severn Trent has apologised after a dog fell ill at Linacre reservoirs.

"Only after getting two thirds of the way round the reservoirs did I come across a small sign (that could have been easily missed if I was walking in the opposite direction) saying that blue green algae was present in the reservoirs.”

The resident said the pet was forced to ‘throw up to get it out of her system’ and will be having to go back for blood tests.

A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “We’re really sorry to hear about the issues involving the dog, especially as we’re very aware of the dangers of blue algae at this time of year.

“We have extensive signage at all of our reservoirs, and at Linacre there’s signs on every access point to the site, warning dog walkers to keep their pets out of the water because of the dangers.

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“Blue algae is naturally occurring, and forms on open water, especially in hot weather, so we really do ask that everyone keeps themselves, and their pets out of the water at all times to keep safe at all times.”

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