Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning customers and the public to avoid direct contact with water in the East Loddon Water District and all channels east of the Loddon River in the Loddon Valley Irrigation Area, after monitoring detected high levels of blue‑green algae.
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 Water Quality Coordinator Bianca Atley said it is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep customers up-to-date via letters, texts and our website,” Ms Atley said.
- 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.
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.