GOULBURN-MURRAY Water (GMW) is warning customers and the public to avoid direct contact with channel water in Loddon Valley Irrigation Area and West Loddon Water District after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.
Blue-green algae occur naturally in water bodies. 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.
It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.
GMW is continuing to monitor the situation water in Loddon Valley Irrigation Area and West Loddon Water District.
Keep up-to-date with current blue-green algae warnings at www.g-mwater.com.au/news/bga or phone the GMW blue-green algae hotline on 5826 3785.
– 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.