Red Alert warning lifted for the Redbank Weir

Red Alert warning lifted for the Redbank Weir

19 February 2020

The red alert warning for blue-green algae at Redbank Weir in the Murrumbidgee River has now been lifted.

Monitoring conducted by WaterNSW has shown that concentrations of blue-green algae have declined prompting the lifting of the Red Alert. Redbank Weir is now on amber alert for blue-green algae.

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 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 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

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