Red Alert warning for blue-green algae lifted for the Abercrombie River Arm upstream of the Wyangala Dam

Red Alert warning for blue-green algae lifted for the Abercrombie River Arm upstream of the Wyangala Dam

27 March 2019

The red alert warning for the Abercrombie River Arm upstream of the Wyangala Dam has been downgraded to Amber Alert.

Monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have decreased, prompting the lifting of the Red Alert.

While on an Amber Alert, the water is generally considered suitable for water sports, but water users are advised to exercise caution.

It is also advised not to drink untreated or boiled water from the river due to the risk of stomach upsets. Boiling the water does not inactivate algal toxins.

The water should be considered unsuitable for potable use and alternative supplies or prior treatment of raw water for domestic purposes should be considered.

Water users should always use personal discretion before entering a water body and be aware that an algal situation can change quickly.

The water may be unsuitable for stock watering.  

WaterNSW will continue routine water quality monitoring and advise of any change as new results are received.

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 – Gerhard Schulz – 03 5880 1748

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