Rathluba blue-green algae levels reach high alert

Rathluba blue-green algae levels reach high alert

The results of recent testing has revealed that Rathluba Lagoon blue-green algae levels have reached high alert, which makes it at the same level as Telarah Lagoon and Walka Water Works.

Council will continue to monitor the lagoons over the summer period as blue-green algae can be a serious environmental and human health problem, with the release of toxins and skin irritants. Domestic pets and livestock should also be prevented from coming into contact with the water.

To help reduce the likelihood of a bloom occurring in one of Maitland’s water bodies this summer you should reduce the amount of nutrients going into local waterways by washing your car on the grass or at a car wash, using a broom not a hose to clear up leaves, cleaning out your gutter regularly, and being responsible in the application of fertilisers.

To report suspected blue-green algal blooms in local waterways call 131 555. Up to date information on current algal blooms is available by phoning 1800 999 457.