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Central Highlands Water Monitoring Blue-Green Algae, Yarrowee River

Central Highlands Water have a monitoring programme in place to manage a recent blue-green algae (BGA) bloom affecting the Yarrowee River between Whitehorse Road Sebastopol through to Buninyong-Mt Mercer Road Durham Lead

“Algae blooms are a common seasonal occurrence, experienced when we have low rainfall and extended periods of warm weather”, said Central Highlands Water, Managing Director Paul O’Donohue.

The public is warned not to swim in and to avoid any direct contact with blue-green algae affected water. Direct contact with blue-green algae can cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes ears and nose or if swallowed gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.

Pets and stock should be prevented from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.

For any health issues experienced after contact with BGA affected water, please seek medical advice immediately.

Central Highlands Water will continue to monitor the affected area and provide any updates on our website.

For further information please contact Central Highlands Water on 1800 061 514 or visit our website at chw.net.au

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Glen Jones, Senior Communications Advisor

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