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.
- Boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities that do not involve direct contact with the water.
- 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 http://www.g-mwater.com.au/bluegreenalgae-alert/ 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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