Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Chifley Dam

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Chifley Dam

24 May 2019

The previously issued high level algal warning (Red Alert) at Chifley Dam located in the Central West region 20 kilometres south of Bathurst has now been reduced.

Monitoring conducted by Bathurst Regional Council has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined to 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 – Tracy Fulford- 02 6763 3910

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