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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-23-07 12:09 PM
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Blue-Green Algae Bloom Shuts Down Water Supply In Victoria Towns - More Toxic Blooms Expected
A toxic algal bloom has forced authorities to cut normal water supplies to towns along Victoria's Great Ocean Road, leaving locals reliant on daily deliveries by water trucks.

The latest outbreak comes as the head of a major regional water operator said he expected an increase in the number of blue-green algal blooms and follows an outbreak at Werribee South last month that affected farmers using recycled water to grow their crops.

At a cost of about $3000 a day to regional water supplier Barwon Water, 20 trucks a day are delivering water from Anglesea Reservoir to about 1400 Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven residents. The algae, which has made the water unsafe to drink, was detected last Wednesday and has forced Barwon Water to shut down all supply from the Pan Reservoir that supplied the towns.

If consumed, blue-green algae can cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and nausea. Barwon Water chairman Stephen Vaughan told theage.com.au the bloom was caused by a combination of warmer temperatures, prolonged drought and recent rain. "It's mostly related to temperature and the unseasonably warm May," he said.

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/algal-bloom-leaves-towns-high-and-dry/2007/05/23/1179601464370.html
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-23-07 03:54 PM
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1. What did the Aussies do to deserve this cosmic bitch-slap?
First the droughts and now this. :(
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-23-07 04:06 PM
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2. They did what the rest of us did. It just so happens their face was first in line.
Anybody who wants to see the future, can see it happening in Australia.
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