Water (G-MW) is advising water users in the Murray Valley Irrigation
Area to avoid contact with water and seek alternative supplies for
domestic and stock purposes after identifying the presence of high
levels of blue-green algae.
G-MW Manager Murray Valley Operations Jeff Parry said high levels of blue green algae have been identified in Murray Valley
irrigation channels including Torgannah Lagoon. The Murray Valley
Irrigation Area runs from Yarrawonga to Nathalia and from Cobram to
algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of
algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose;
or, if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.
users who come into contact with affected channel water should wash
affected skin immediately in clean water,” Mr Parry said.
algae may be invisible to the naked eye. However, if they are present
in large enough numbers, there may be a scum or slick on the water
surface. Musty or earthy odours may also be present. In windy
conditions, the scum can accumulate in backwaters or protected areas.
from systems exhibiting signs of algae should not be used for cooking,
drinking, washing, stock watering or for pets. Boiling the affected
water will not make it safe to use.
water may still be used for pasture irrigation however stock should be
kept away from recently irrigated areas. The water can also be used on
gardens, however washing the edible parts of the plant with
non-affected water prior to processing or cooking can not be relied
upon to totally remove surface toxins.
users are advised to remain vigilant and monitor their supplies for
signs of blue green algae. Suspected blooms can be reported to your
local G-MW office or telephone 03 5833 5785.
is continuing to monitor the area closely and will advise the public
and water users of any changes in the algae alert status.”
users are reminded that all water supplied by G-MW is unfit for any use
involving human consumption, directly or indirectly, without first
being properly treated.
For further information, please visit the G-MW website, www.g-mwater.com.au/blue-green-algae-alerts, and for current alert status ring the blue-green algae hotline on phone 03 5833 5785.
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