Red Alert warnings lifted for the Redbank and Balranald Weirs

Red Alert warnings lifted for the Redbank and Balranald Weirs

01 April 2019

The red alert warnings for the Redbank and Balranald weirs have now been lifted.  While Redbank Weir has no algal alert warning, Balranald Weir is still on amber alert.

Monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined prompting the lifting of the Red Alerts.

While on an Amber Alert, the water is generally considered to be 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 storage due to the risk of stomach upsets. Boiling the water does not inactivate algae 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 use personal discretion at all times before entering a water body and be aware that the 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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