Applies from Mon 3 Dec 2018, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Feb 2019, 11.38am.
Safety alerts: Red level alert for blue-green algae at Menindee
A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for some parts of the Sunraysia region at Menindee.
A red alert warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may come into direct contact with the water, such as swimming, as well as domestic uses, including showering and washing. Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets.
The affected areas include:
- Lakes Wetherell
- Copi Hollow
- Darling River
The blue-green algae at Menindee may be expected to move slowly downstream with the low flow release from Weir 32.
The species of blue-green algae identified are potentially toxic and may cause gastroenteritis in humans if consumed, and skin and eye irritations after contact. Boiling the water does not remove algal toxins.
Please do not to enter the water, do not drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the lake while this red alert level warning is in place. Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink. The above is a media release from Water NSW.
For further updates please contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8080 3200.