Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Chaffey Dam storage has been cleared

Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Chaffey Dam storage has been cleared

04 March 2021

The previously issued Red Alert level warning (high alert) for toxic blue-green algae has been cleared for the Chaffey Dam located near Tamworth. This follows two consecutive test results below red alert threshold.

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 visiting – http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae

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