UPDATE Water warning stays
UPDATE 18 February: GMW has taken further samples this week and advises the alert remains in place.
EARLIER (2 February)
Goulburn-Murray Water has warned people to avoid direct contact with water in the East Loddon Water District (see map below) 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 contains 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 Co-ordinator 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,” 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.