National Water Sports Centre Closed due to Blue Green Algae

Melbourne Water is advising the community that a blue green algae bloom has been detected in the Patterson River at the National Water Sports Centre.

Parks Victoria manage the site and have erected warning signs and notified users that the site is closed until further notice.

Melbourne Water Manager of Regional Services (South East), John Woodland said the algae species present could be harmful to animals and humans.

"We know that Patterson River is a popular recreational site – especially in summer.

“However, it’s vital that people avoid contact with the water and make sure that it doesn’t touch their skin or eyes.

"Animals should also not swim in the water or drink from it.

"Melbourne Water will closely monitor the situation and continue to collect regular samples,” Mr Woodland said.

Melbourne Water is working with Parks Victoria  to manage the algae bloom in line with Victorian Government guidelines.

Blue-green algae occurs naturally in waterways and forms blooms during hot weather, periods of drought or low flow, or where there is an accumulation of nutrients in waterways or water bodies.

Media: Catherine Garrett : 0429 219 084