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Blue Green Algae Alert: Gara River

In light of recent rainfall, Armidale Regional Council advises the community of an important notice regarding the Guyra Water Supply storage dams.

The increased rainfall has led to the overflow of the dams into the Gara River.

However, despite the positive aspect of increased water flow, the Guyra dams remain under Red Alert status due to significant algal blooms.

This warning is particularly crucial for users along the Gara River downstream of the Guyra dams.

Key Points:

The dams are currently experiencing large algal blooms, which pose potential hazards to both livestock and human health.

Guyra’s drinking water supply remains unaffected due to the usual water treatment process.

It is important to note that the water in the Gara River may be toxic to pets and livestock if consumed.

Boiling the water will not remove the toxins.Additionally, contact with the water can cause skin irritation to individuals.

If residents come into contact with water in the affected area, council advise you to seek medical advice if experiencing any skin irritation.

Armidale Regional Council urges all residents and stakeholders in the affected areas to exercise caution and refrain from using the water for any purpose until further notice.

For comprehensive information regarding Algae Alert Levels and safety guidelines, please refer to Armidale Regional Council's website.

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