Red Alert for algae in Darling Anabranch

Great Darling Anabranch_NSW SES

WaterNSW has issued a Red Alert due to high levels of blue-green algae in the Darling Anabranch at the Silver City Hwy crossing.

This red alert applies only to untreated water at the identified location and will remain in place until monitoring and test results confirm the risk is lowered.

Toxic blue-green algae may potentially cause gastroenteritis if consumed, while contact can cause skin and eye irritations. Consumption of water containing algal toxins may cause liver damage and other health problems. Boiling the water does not remove algal toxins.

WaterNSW is urging people to avoid consuming untreated water from this waterbody and to prevent pets and livestock from drinking the water too.

“People should also avoid recreational activities such as swimming, water skiing, canoeing and any other activity that brings them into contact with this waterbody until the red alert warning is lifted,” says a Water NSW spokesperson.

“People who suspect they have been affected by blue-green algae should seek medical advice.

“Avoiding fishing during a bloom is the best way to minimise risk. People should not eat fish or yabbies from red alert warning areas in the region,” the spokesperson said.

Blue-green algae is naturally occurring and can reproduce quickly in still or slow-flowing water when there is abundant sunlight and sufficient nutrients.

Updates and information about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by calling 1300 662 077 or visiting

Photo Credit: NSW SES

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