STAWELL - Grampians Wimmera Mallee (GWM) Water is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Lake Lonsdale after monitoring detected levels of bluegreen algae above levels considered safe for recreational use.
Warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas around the lake and will remain in place while the warning is current.
People can still boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities at the lake that do not involve direct water contact.
People who come into contact with affected water should wash affected skin immediately in clean water
Seeking an alternative water supply for stock watering and pets
Do not use affected water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe to use.
Blue-green algae facts:
Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous 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 within the lake.
The lake will be regularly monitored.