Water

‘Seek another source’

By Country News

‘‘Find an alternative water source’’ is the advice from Goulburn-Murray Water when it comes to channels affected by blue-green algae.

G-MW’s water quality co-ordinator Bianca Atley said it was wise to use a different water source if channels affected by a blue-green algae alert at Waranga Basin were where farmers retrieved their stock water from.

‘‘For irrigation customers, we advise to keep your stock away from recently irrigated areas and to note that water can be used on the base of fruit trees but don’t use it on the edible part of the tree,’’ she said.

‘‘For farmers who don’t have an alternate supply our advice to them is that their livestock could be affected by drinking water with high levels of blue-green algae and for further information they should get in contact with Agriculture Victoria.

‘‘If animals are showing symptoms of blue-green algae, farmers should get veterinary advice immediately.’’

■Keep up-to-date with blue-green algae warnings at g-mwater.com.au/news/bga or phone the G-MW blue-green algae hotline on 5826 3785.