Preparing for blue-green algae in our region
As we head into another hot summer, Lower Murray Water (LMW) is undertaking routine monitoring for the presence of blue-green algae (BGA) to continue to provide safe drinking water and keep customers and the community informed.
We are the convening agency within the region for BGA monitoring, reporting and response. We monitor levels of blue-green algae in the Murray River within our service region. Broader monitoring of the Murray River for BGA is undertaken by WaterNSW and reported back through the Sunraysia Regional Algal Coordination Committee.
Water is sampled as it enters each of our nine water treatment plants in our region, which treat raw river water through a series of processes to turn it into safe drinking water for towns with urban water supply. When BGA is detected at these sites, we can adequately treat it with chemicals so the drinking water supplied is free from BGA and adheres to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. You can read more about this process on our website here.
Water is also monitored at key sites along the river to enable us to inform our rural customers (those supplied with river water for the purposes of an irrigation supply or unpotable domestic and stock supply) of the water quality as it changes. Rural water supplies are untreated and not suitable for drinking at any time.
LMW rural customers can register to receive SMS update alerts for potentially toxic BGA in their area by updating their details on the LMW online water ordering site or by contacting the Rural Customer Team on 03 5051 3400.
For the latest updates and information on BGA, visit www.lmw.vic.gov.au/blue-green-algae/.