Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted for Buronga

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

 

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted for Buronga

The previously issued high level algal warnings (Red Alert) for Buronga has been cleared.

Weekly monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined prompting the lifting of the Red Alert.

Blue-green algae occur naturally and can reproduce quickly in favourable conditions where there is still or slow-flowing water, abundant sunlight and sufficient levels of nutrients.

Blue-green algae usually appear as green paint-like scums on the water, near the edges, or as greenish clumps throughout the water. It makes the water appear dirty, green or discoloured and generally has a strong musty or earthy odour.

People who believe they may have been affected by blue-green algae are advised to seek medical advice.

Updates about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by calling 1800 999 457 or visiting – http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae

 Media Contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478

 General inquiries – Elizabeth Symes- 02 6022 5326

Due to the number of enquiries water utilities have received  from the public regarding taste and odour issues a fact sheet can be located at, Goulburn Valley Water Murray River Taste and Odour Fact Sheet.    Water utilities have described the 2019/20 conditions along the Murray River from Albury/Wodonga to Mildura/Buronga as unprecedented.

 

 

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