Water quality and blue green algae – drinking water is safe

The Murray and Darling Rivers are experiencing high levels of blue green algae. Water NSW has advised that the Darling River is at Red Alert and the Murray River is at Amber Alert.

Red Alert means that untreated water may be toxic and is unsuitable for consumption if it is not treated.

The Wentworth Shire Council website provides updated information of blue green algae, based on the information issued by Water NSW.

Wentworth Shire Council would like to confirm that the drinking (filtered) water for Pooncarie, Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol townships are all suitable for consumption. The Pooncarie township drinking water is currently being sourced from groundwater and not the Darling River.

Please be aware that the raw (unfiltered) water supplies are not treated and should not be consumed.

For further information, please contact the Roads and Engineering Department on (03) 5027 5027 or Water NSW on 1800 999 457.