• Loddon Herald

ALGAE ALERT FOR ALL CHANNELS

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning customers and the public to avoid direct contact

with water in all Loddon Valley Irrigation Area channels, after monitoring detected high levels

of blue-green algae.

This extends the warning issued on 9 February 2021 for Loddon Valley Irrigation Area

channels east of the Loddon River and the East Loddon Water District.

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 our

website,” Ms Atley said.

GMW recommends:

  •  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.


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