Increase in Lake Albert bacteria levels
Published: 11 Dec 2018 8:32am
Wagga Wagga City Council is advising against the use of Lake Albert due to increased levels of bacteria.
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 have shown high levels of enterococci, which is caused by faecal matter in the water.
“The community is advised against coming in contact or ingesting the water, until the bacteria levels decrease,” Manager Environment and City Compliance Mark Gardiner said.
“Staff will continue to monitor bacteria levels and update advisory signs as appropriate.
“Unlike blue green algae, enterococci isn’t visible so we please ask that residents pay attention to the advisory signage.”
High levels of this type of bacteria occur during dry periods followed by an in-flow of water from a storm or rain event. Faeces from livestock, domestic pets and wildlife such as birds enters the lake and higher readings of the bacteria are recorded.
The advice will remain in place over the weekend and more samples will be taken for testing on Monday.
Readings for bacteria levels at Lake Albert are updated online at wagga.nsw.gov.au/waterquality.