Weir algae red alert
BRAY Park Weir, from which the Tweed draws most of its town water supply, has once again been placed on blue-green algae “red alert”.
The North Coast Regional Algal Co-ordinating Committee yesterday advised the community to avoid contact with blue-green algal blooms in Bray Park Weir on the Tweed River and the Oxley River between the Byangum Bridge and Tyalgum.
Committee spokesman Brian Dodd said treatment had now begun to keep the water safe to drink.
“The committee wishes to assure the people who rely on the water from Bray Park Weir that Tweed Shire Council have commenced with Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) dosing at the Water Treatment Plant to ensure the safety of the water supply,” Mr Dodd said.
“The Bray Park Weir bloom covers the immediate area upstream of the water supply weir, in the weir pool itself and immediately downstream of the weir.”
Mr Dodd said the “red alert” meant that waters were unsuitable for recreational use and may also pose a threat to live- stock.
“There is also the potential for harmful effects from blue-green algae and the community who use these waterways for recreation should be aware that contact with the affected water could result in skin rashes, eye and ear irritations.”
Tweed Shire Council will conduct regular sampling.