February 18, 2020
Sunwater says the blue-green algae hazard level at Bjelke-Petersen Dam has decreased from high to moderate.
While moderate levels of blue-green algae are less likely to cause skin irritations or other health problems, some risks may still be present.
February 3, 2020
Sunwater has issued an Early Warning Alert for blue-green algae at Bjelke-Petersen Dam.
According to Sunwater, the algae level at the dam is currently high.
Direct contact with blue-green algae in the water or consumption of untreated water may increase the risk of skin irritations and other health problems.
Blue-green algae can cause irritation to any part of the body that is directly exposed to it.
This irritation is usually in the form of a skin rash, eye irritation, or earache. The more blue-green algae that is present in the water, the greater the chance that some irritation will occur if you swim in the water.
If the blue-green algae indicator indicates a HIGH level, there is a high chance that the average person will suffer some form of irritation.
Moderate levels are less likely to cause a problem than high levels, however a risk is still present.
Low levels are unlikely to cause any health problems, however some people are more sensitive than others.
[UPDATED: Originally published as “Algae Alert At Dam”]