Lake Albert reed beds, shore in b/g
ALERT ISSUED:  Council advises residents to avoid all contact with water from Lake Albert due to the presence of blue-green algae.


Blue-green algae alert issued for Lake Albert

Published: 28 Jun 2024 12:49pm

Wagga Wagga City Council is letting the community know that an alert for blue-green algae in Lake Albert has been issued this morning (28 June) and advises that contact with water from the lake should be avoided.

Manager City Growth & Regional Assets Ben Creighton 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,” Mr Creighton 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.

Signs are being put up by Council advising people to stay out of the water.

Council will continue to monitor the situation.

“We appreciate everyone staying out of the water and we will notify the community as soon as the readings are at an acceptable level,” Mr Creighton said.

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.