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Blue-Green Algae Warning for Hepburns Lagoon
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:25:19 AM »
Blue-Green Algae Warning for Hepburns Lagoon


Wednesday 16 October, 2013 - Goulburn Murray Water


Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Hepburns Lagoon after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

Warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas around Hepburns Lagoon and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.  Hepburns Lagoon will not be closed to the public.

GMW recommends water users from Hepburns Lagoon seek an alternative water supply.

You can:
•Sightsee and enjoy other activities that do not involve direct contact with the water at Hepburns Lagoon. 

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 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.

For more information:
•GMW is continuing to monitor the situation closely.  For current information visit GMW's blue-green algae webpage or call the blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.

Water users are reminded that water supplied by Goulburn-Murray Water is not fit for any use that may involve human consumption, either directly or indirectly, without first being properly treated.

If you suspect high levels of blue-green algae in an area not affected by a current warning call the blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.




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