Blue-Green Algae Alert – Amber for Curlwaa, Green for Merbein and Buronga

 In Outages & Alerts

08 July 2024

An Amber Alert remains for Curlwaa while Merbein and Buronga have been downgraded to a Green Alert.

An Amber Alert indicates that blue-green algae may be multiplying, and the water may have a green tinge and musty or organic taste and odour. The water should be considered as unsuitable for potable use and alternative supplies or prior treatment of raw water for domestic purposes should be considered. The water may also be unsuitable for stock watering. Generally suitable for water sports, however people are advised to exercise caution in these areas, as blue-green algal concentrations can rise to red alert levels quickly under warm, calm weather conditions.

A Green Alert indicates that blue-green algae only occur naturally at low numbers. At these concentrations, algae would not normally be visible, however some species may affect taste and odour of water even at low numbers and does not pose any problems for recreational, stock or household use.

Please go to WaterNSW website for more information:
https://www.waternsw.com.au/water-services/water-quality/algae

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