Blue-green algae warning for Tullaroop Reservoir

Thursday 12 January, 2017

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Tullaroop Reservoir after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

Warning signs will be positioned at Tullaroop Reservoir and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present. 

GMW recommends water users from Tullaroop Reservoir seek an alternative water supply.

GMW recommends:

  • People and pets do not enter the water.
  • People who come into contact with affected water should wash affected skin immediately in clean cold water.
  • Seeking an alternative water supply for stock and pets.
  • Do not use affected water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for these purposes.
  • Reading GMW’s fact sheet and other information on blue-green algae at GMW’s blue-green algae webpage to be informed of the risks. 

Blue-green algae occur naturally in waterbodies. They contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.

GMW is continuing to monitor the situation at Tullaroop Reservoir.

Keep up to date with current blue-green algae warnings at www.gmwater.com.au/bluegreenalgae-alert or phone the GMW blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.

Water supplied by GMW is not suitable for human consumption without first being properly treated. Human consumption includes showering, bathing, washing, cooking, ice making and drinking.

For more information about blue-green algae and your health, visit www.health.vic.gov.au or phone NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024.

Central Highlands Water Managing Director Paul O’Donohue said town water supplied by Central Highlands Water is not affected by blue green algae and is safe for all drinking, bathing and food preparation purposes.