Blue-green algae warning for Lake Eppalock

Thursday 2 March, 2017

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Lake Eppalock after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

Warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas around Lake Eppalock and will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.  Lake Eppalock will not be closed to the public.

GMW recommends water users from Lake Eppalock seek an alternative water supply.

You can still sightsee and enjoy other activities at Lake Eppalock that do not involve direct contact with the water. 

GMW recommends:

  • People and pets do not enter the water.
  • People who come into contact with affected water should wash affected skin immediately in clean cold water.
  • Seeking an alternative water supply for stock and pets.
  • Do not use affected water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for these purposes.
  • Reading GMW’s fact sheet and other information on blue green algae at GMW’s blue-green algae webpage (www.g-mwater.com.au/bluegreenalgae-alert) to be informed of the risks. 

Blue-green algae occur naturally in waterbodies. They contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.

It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels.

GMW is continuing to monitor the situation at Lake Eppalock.

Keep up to date with current blue-green algae warnings at www.gmwater.com.au/bluegreenalgae-alert or phone the GMW blue-green algae hotline on 03 5826 3785.

Water supplied by GMW is not suitable for human consumption without first being properly treated. Human consumption includes showering, bathing, washing, cooking, ice making and drinking.

For more information about blue-green algae and your health, visit health.vic.gov.au or phone NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.

A blue-green algae warning also remains current for Tullaroop Reservoir, Hepburn Lagoon, Gum Lagoon and the Mokoan Remote Storage Dam.