The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has lifted a blue green algae bloom advisory for Lake Torment in Kings County.

Recreational use of the lake has been restricted since June 27 because of the potential for a blue green algae bloom.

"Inspection of the lake indicates that the bloom is over and swimming and other recreational activities should now be safe," said Linda Passerini, environmental health consultant with the Department of Health and Wellness. "However, it's important to remember that drinking untreated water from the lake is never recommended."

Blue green algae blooms are naturally occurring and people should avoid contact with water when it does happen.

Drinking the water or using it to prepare or cook food, or brush teeth, is not recommended. Boiling the water will not eliminate potential toxins and ingesting it can cause stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

Direct contact with toxins from the algae can cause skin and eye irritation.

Pets and other animals should not be permitted to drink or swim in such water.