Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Burrendong Dam cleared

Blue-green algae Red Alert warning for Burrendong Dam cleared

23 May 2022

The previously issued Red Alert level warning (high alert) for toxic blue-green algae has been cleared for Burrendong Dam, located 30 kilometres south-east of Wellington in the Central West region.

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.

Visit the local council or local water utility websites for information about the management of blue-green algae risks in the nearby treated drinking water supplies.

Updates and information about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by visiting our algae webpage or Water Insights or calling 1800 999 457


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