A blue-green algae alert sign beside a lake


Blue-green algae alert issued for Lake Albert

Published: 24 Jan 2023 5:03pm

Wagga Wagga City Council is letting the community know that an alert for blue-green algae in Lake Albert has been issued today, and advises that contact with water from the lake should be avoided.

Similar to past summers, a combination of warm weather, high humidity, and an influx of nutrients from the catchment have resulted in an increase in blue-green algae blooms.

Relieving Manager Environment and Regulatory Services Sharomi Dayanand said while the blooms are in high numbers, water from Lake Albert is unsuitable for all uses, including drinking and recreational use.

“We’re advising everyone in the community to avoid coming into contact with water from the lake, and this includes your pets; dogs are especially susceptible to these toxins,” Ms Dayanand said.

“Particular care should be taken where algae can be seen, or where the water has a strong odour.”

Blue-green algae can appear as specking, suspended clumps or as algal scums which take the form of green or yellow discoloured slicks on the water surface.

Wagga Wagga City Council is a member of the Murrumbidgee Regional Algal Coordinating Committee and is following the protocols contained in the Murrumbidgee Regional Algal Contingency Plan.

Signs have been put up by Council advising people to stay out of the water, with Ms Dayanand saying Council will continue to monitor the situation.

“We appreciate everyone staying out of the water and we’ll notify the community as soon as the readings are at an acceptable level.”

For more information about Lake Albert, visit wagga.nsw.gov.au/lakealbert