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Unseasonably warm weather brings heightened risk of algae
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:54:24 PM »
Unseasonably warm weather brings heightened risk of algae
06 Nov 2014 - Sunwater

SunWater is reminding visitors to dams over the coming months that warmer weather could lead to increases in blue-green algae (BGA) blooms.

SunWater Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Gordon Delaney said BGA was commonly found in most large water storages across Queensland and the public should be aware it can pose potential health risks for people and livestock.

"BGA blooms are not uncommon at this time of year and occur to varying extents depending on climate, season and storage location," Mr Delaney said.

"As part of SunWater’s Environmental Management System, we regularly monitor BGA levels in our major storages across Queensland and advise the public of any risks through storage hazard information on SunWater’s website.

"There are many contaminants in addition to BGA that can find their way into water storages from various activities in the catchment, making the water unsuitable for direct drinking purposes.

"Using untreated dam water for domestic purposes can cause skin rashes and other health problems.

"Eating fish and crabs caught in dams that have higher than normal BGA levels can also pose a risk and people are advised to exercise care if considering eating their fishing catches.

"Graziers are advised that there is also a potential risk for livestock who may be grazing near water storages that contain high levels of BGA."

Mr Delaney said SunWater regularly updated BGA hazard signs at all its dam sites so people visiting the dams for recreational swimming, skiing, fishing or camping were informed of any potential risks.

"The risk of encountering BGA blooms will be listed as a low, moderate or high and we ask that visitors read the signs and take the necessary precautions at our dams," he said.

For the latest BGA hazard advisories at SunWater dams, visit the Water Storage Level section of or call 13 15 89.

List of current BGA levels at SunWater dams:

Far North Region:

Dam                            BGA Status                            Sample Date

Tinaroo Falls              Moderate                             14 October 2014


North Region:
Burdekin Falls       Moderate                  13 October 2014

Eungella               Moderate                  20 October 2014

Kinchant              Moderate                   20 October 2014

Peter Faust        Moderate                   21 October 2014

Teemburra         Moderate                   20 October 2014


North West Region:

Julius                        High                      21 October 2014

Central Queensland Region:

Fairbairn              Low                    21 October 2014

Callide                 Moderate           20 October 2014


Wide Bay-Burnett Region:

Fred Haigh                          Moderate                    20 October 2014

Cania                                  Low                           8 October 2014

Paradise                             Low                         7 October 2014

Wuruma                            Low                           7 October 2014

Boondooma                    Low                          15 October 2014

Bjelke-Petersen              Moderate                 21 October 2014


South West Region:

Beardmore                             Low               21 October 2014

Coolmunda                           Low                13 October 2014
Leslie                                   Low                20 October 2014

BGA status levels are an indication of the risk. For example, if the level is high, there is a higher chance that the average person will suffer some form of irritation. Moderate levels are less likely to cause problems, however a risk is still present. Low levels are unlikely to cause health problems, however some people may be more sensitive than others.Sorry, only registered users can see this content. Please Login or Register.

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