Blue-Green Algae Warning For Yarrowee River

Central Highlands Water would like to advise members of the public that a blue-green algae (BGA) bloom is currently affecting the Yarrowee River between Whitehorse Road Sebastopol through to Buninyong-Mt Mercer Road Durham Lead.

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.

People who come in to contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water. Seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with BGA affected water.

Any fish harvested from BGA affected water should have gills and guts removed prior to cooking. People should not eat whole fish, or shellfish or crustaceans collected from the Yarrowee River.

Water from the affected water body should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.

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

Irrigators are encouraged to take extra care to avoid spray drift, the pooling of water and inhaling mist from BGA affected water. Affected water should not be sprayed onto leafy vegetables or, florets or allowed to flood pastures.

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

For more information please contact Central Highlands Water on 1800 061 514.