Algal bloom taints Casino water

WATER for Casino’s town supply drawn from the Richmond River has been contaminated by a blue-green algal bloom, the North Coast Regional Algal Co-ordinating Committee has warned.

However, committee spokesman Brian Dodd said the town was well equipped to deal with the problem.

“The blue-green algal bloom covers a large area of the Richmond River about four kilometres upstream of Casino’s town water supply weir, in the weir pool itself and immediately downstream of the weir,” he said.

“Richmond Valley Council has special equipment at its water treatment plant to remove the algal toxins and any unpleasant taste and odour, so I can assure the community that water supplied to them from the weir pool is still safe to drink.

“But people should avoid contact with the algal bloom in the river, and ensure that animals such as dogs are kept away from the bloom as well.”

Mr Dodd said it was difficult to estimate how long the bloom might last. The last time the weir and its surrounds was affected by blue-green algae was in November 2002.



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