Community Update - Env
is being issued for water quality at the National Water Sports Centre, Bangholme[location].
- High levels of Blue Green Algae have been detected in the waterway.
- The algal bloom is expected to remain until there is significant rainfall to flush the waterway or cooler conditions slow the algae.
- Regular testing is being conducted to identify new outbreaks or changes that might indicate improved water quality.
- This notification will be
reviewed weekly and updated as the situation changes.
You should avoid direct contact with affected water in National Water Sports Centre
Warning signs have been installed along the waterway.
The National Water Sports Centre is now closed to all forms of on-water activity including; rowing, boating and fishing.
What you should do:
- Visit the Parks Victoria website for more information.
- Observe information signs posted at the waterway.
Protect your health:
- Direct contact with water affected by blue green algae can cause skin irritation, sore eyes, ears and nose. If swallowed it can cause cramps, nausea and vomiting.
- If you do come into contact with affected water, wash your skin immediately in clean cool water.
- Boiling affected water does not make it safe to drink. Boiling water bursts the blue green algae cells and releases toxins into the water making it more likely that you will experience symptoms.
- If you are experiencing any health issues after contact with affected water seek medical advice from your local doctor or Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24.
On water activities including
- Boating and fishing:
The centre is now closed to all
forms of on water activity including rowing, boating and fishing.
- All events at the centre have
been cancelled whilst the closure is in place
Protect your pets:
- Pet owners should prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.
- Irrigation water contaminated with blue green algae should not be spray irrigated on vegetables and fruit, or come in contact with plants being grown for food during processing and packing.
- Fruit and vegetables grown in the affected areas are safe to consume if farmers follow recommendations regarding blue green algae.
Impacts in your area:
- Some sections of the water
can be seen with green specks on the surface or along the banks as a result of the algae bloom.
If you see fish that are dead, dying or swimming erratically do not touch or eat them.
This message was issued by Parks Vic
The next update is expected by 16/04/2021 12:00 pm or as the situation changes.
Information about blue green algae:
Use multiple sources to stay informed: