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Thursday
Apr292010

Water authority says algae non-toxic

Authorities say blue-green algae that is causing water from a Wimmera storage to taste and smell bad is not toxic.

Grampians Wimmera Mallee (GWM) Water says the naturally occurring compound called MIB has been found in the Mt Zero water storage.

Non-toxic blue-green algae causes the compound and is not considered harmful.

The compound can be detected in water supplies at as little as 26 parts per trillion.

Testing has found levels at Mt Zero range from 75 to 165 parts per trillion.

GWM's Andrew Rose says the only way to remove it from the storage is to replace the existing filter material at a cost of $500,000.

"There's quite a large storage that sits in the Mt Zero treatment plant and it's grown in that facility there," he said.

No other water storage has been affected. ABC News

 

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