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Blue-Green Algae Warning

Blue-Green Algae Warning for the Loddon River between Cairn Curran Reservoir and Laanecoorie Reservoir


Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in the Loddon River between Cairn Curran Reservoir and Laanecoorie Reservoir after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.
A warning is also current for Cairn Curran Reservoir and Laanecoorie Reservoir.
GMW recommends:
• People and pets do not enter 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.
• 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 range of fact sheets and other information on blue-green algae available at GMW’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.
GMW is continuing to monitor the situation closely. For current information visit GMW’s blue-green algae webpage or phone the blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.
Water supplied by GMW is not treated to improve its quality and should never be considered fit for human consumption without first being properly treated.
If you suspect high levels of blue-green algae in an area not affected by a current warning phone the blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.

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