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Update on blue-green algae bloom

Tuesday 29 March 2016

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is advising the public to avoid contact with water in Cairn Curran Reservoir and Laanecoorie Reservoirs after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

The alert for water in the Loddon River, downstream from Cairn Curran and above Laancoorie has been removed.

High levels of blue-green algae do not always colour the water blue or green. The water can look yellow, brown, red, blue or green, or there may be no visible colour change at all.

Blue-green algae is potentially toxic to humans and pets. For your safety, avoid direct contact with the affected water. If you do come into contact with the affected water, wash your skin immediately in clean cool water.

Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe for drinking and domestic use. People on non-mains water should contact their relevant water provider for advice and support. For spraying and irrigating crops, an alternative water source should be used where possible.

More information
Further information on blue-green algae can be found at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/bluegreenalgae and from Goulburn-Murray Water or by calling the Blue-green Algae Hotline (03) 5826 3785.

Information on health and wellbeing can be found at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au.

Information and advice on the impacts of the incident on agriculture can be found at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/algae.

Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.

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