Council advises against use of Lake Albert due to high bacteria levels

Published: 20 Dec 2018 4:13pm

Wagga Wagga City Council is advising against the use of Lake Albert due to high bacteria levels.

Under National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, Council monitors two main types of bacteria in the lake, cyanobacteria (blue green algae) and enterococci.

Test results received today have shown high levels for both types of bacteria in the lake.

The community is advised against coming in contact with or ingesting the water until the bacteria levels decrease.

The high readings for blue green algae follow recent alerts in other Riverina waterways due to lower rainfall and high temperatures.

Council’s 12-month ultrasound trial to control blue green algae was switched on last Friday and needs to be active for six or more weeks before any effect can be measured.

Planning is also underway for more permanent solutions for Lake Albert after the Tatton Drain project was sidelined by state government regulations.

Council has had preliminary discussions with Riverina Water and State Member Dr Joe McGirr on a permanent solution for Lake Albert water levels. These discussions have been very positive and it is hoped an announcement can be made in the new year.

Funding from all levels of government would be required for the project to proceed.

Readings for bacteria levels at Lake Albert are updated online at