Blue-Green Algae Warnings for Torgannah Lagoon in the Torrumbarry Irrigation Region

Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW) is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Torgannah Lagoon, near Koonoomoo, after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

Warning signs will be positioned around Torgannah Lagoon and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.  Torgannah Lagoon will not be closed to the public.

Warnings in the following locations for the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area also remain current:

  • Kow Swamp;
  • Pyramid Creek (including the No.6 Channel);
  • No 7 Channel between Loddon River and Reedy Lake;
  • the Loddon River from Kerang Weir to the Little Murray River;
  • Reedy Lakes (Reedy, Middle and Third) and
  • No 1/7 Channel

G‑MW recommends water users from all affected areas seek an alternative water supply.

You can:

  • Boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities that do not involve direct contact with the water. 

G-MW recommends:

  • People and pets do not enter the water.
  • People who come into contact with affected water should wash affected skin immediately in clean 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 G-MW's range of fact sheets and other information on blue-green algae available at G‑MW's blue‑green algae webpage to be informed of risks.

Blue-green algae facts:

  • Blue-green algae occur naturally and 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, nausea or vomiting.
  • It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.

For more information:

  • G‑MW is continuing to monitor the situation closely.  For current information visit G‑MW's blue-green algae webpage or call the blue-green algae hotline on (03) 5826 3785.

Water users are reminded that water supplied by Goulburn-Murray Water is not fit for any use that may involve human consumption, either directly or indirectly, without first being properly treated.

Due to current demand G-MW is undertaking extensive monitoring in the region, however if you suspect high levels blue‑green algae in an area not affected by a current warning call the blue-green algae hotline on (03) 5826 3785.

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