2018/19 – Goulburn Weir (Victoria) – Blue Green Algae

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2018/19 – Goulburn Weir (Victoria) – Blue Green Algae

During the reportable period three incidents were notified to DHHS, including Dookie, Kyabram and Tongala which were directly attributable to unprecedented characteristics of a major BGA bloom in the Central Goulburn Irrigation District. The bloom persisted for more than six months affecting sixteen plants directly in GVW’s Central District. BGA created numerous challenges at the water treatment plants resulting in operational changes on a regular basis to ensure customers continued to receive safe drinking water. Water was carted to one of our regulated towns (Goulburn Weir) during the period their raw water supply was impacted by the BGA as levels exceeded the recreational limit. Water carting continued for a month with routine notifications to the customers affected…