Blue-Green Algal Red Alert warning lifted for Lake Talbingo

Blue-Green Algal Red Alert warning lifted for Lake Talbingo

13 May 2022

The red alert warning for blue-green algae in Lake Talbingo was lifted following two consecutive algal sample results of lower than red alert level. While the boat ramp is now on green alert, the O’Hares Campground has no alert for blue-green algae.

While on a green alert, blue-green algae do not pose a threat to recreational, stock or domestic use. However, it is advised not to drink untreated or boiled water from this sampling site 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.

As algal numbers can change dramatically with changes in conditions, water users should avoid water which is discoloured or gives off an earthy or musty odour.

Water users should use personal discretion at all times before entering a water body and be aware that the algal situation can change quickly.

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.

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

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