Melbourne Water has detected the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Carramar, and has advised people to avoid the body of water as a precaution.
Melbourne Water Manager of Regional Services (South East), John Woodland, said there were many forms of blue-green algae and the species currently present could potentially be harmful to animals or humans.
“It’s important that people avoid contact with the water and make sure that it does not come into contact with their skin or eyes,” Mr Woodland said.
“Pet owners are advised to take similar precautions and keep their animals from entering the water or from drinking it.
“Melbourne Water will sample the water regularly and keep a close watch on the bloom. Signs have been erected around the lake to warn people of the potential hazards.”
Melbourne Water is managing the algae bloom in line with Victorian Government guidelines, and will continue to monitor the site.
Blue-green algae occurs naturally in waterways and forms bloom during hot weather, periods of drought or low flow, or where there is an accumulation of nutrients in waterways or water bodies.
Lauren Butler is the assistant editor for Utility Magazine. She’s based in Melbourne, Australia.