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Blue Green Algae warning for Lake Glenmaggie

Southern Rural Water has announced that a Blue Green Algae (BGA) bloom warning is current for Lake Glenmaggie. Warning signs advising people not to swim, fish or come in contact with the water have been put up at several locations around the reservoir.

BGA can be dangerous to humans and animals. It can cause skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.

The public is urged to avoid direct contact with contaminated water and to avoid water discoloured by BGA scums. BGA can be invisible to the naked eye or may form a scum.  The blooms can come and go quickly and visitors are encouraged to take care and not contact the water if they believe BGA is present.

People who come into direct contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water. If experiencing a health issue you think is related to contact with water contaminated by BGA, please seek medical advice.

Southern Rural Water will continue to monitor the situation and will remove warnings when the water is considered safe. For more information, please contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510 or visit http://www.srw.com.au/current-bga-warnings/