Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning customers and the public to avoid direct contact with water at Lake Eppalock after monitoring detected high levels of blue‑green algae.
Warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas around Lake Eppalock and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.
Lake Eppalock will not be closed to the public. There a number of recreational activities still available at Lake Eppalock that do not involve direct contact with the water, including boating, sightseeing, fishing, camping and barbecue and picnic areas.
GMW acting Manager Water Quality Bianca Atley said people should avoid contact with the water at Lake Eppalock due to high levels of blue-green algae, which occur naturally in waterbodies and cannot be removed.
“Blue-green algae may contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals, “ Ms Atley said.
“Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.”
- People and pets avoid contact with 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 where possible.
- 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 (https://www.g-mwater.com.au/news/bga) to be informed of the risks.
It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels. GMW is continuing to monitor the situation.
Keep up to date with current blue-green algae warnings at https://www.g-mwater.com.au/news/bga.
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 health.vic.gov.au or phone NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.