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Current alerts affecting Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchments:

  • Issued Tuesday, 13 November 2018 AT 3:30 PM

    A sewer spill has been reported in Port Phillip Bay adjacent to 364 Beach Rd, Black Rock. South East Water have isolated the spill and are conducting clean-up. Avoid contact until further notice.

  • Issued Friday, 19 October 2018 AT 9:00 AM

    A Blue Green Algae bloom is affecting Lake Carramar at Patterson Lakes. Melbourne Water will be monitoring the bloom. If the water looks murky or discoloured, people are advised to avoid contact as it may cause skin irritation. If contact does occur, wash with clean water.

  • Issued Tuesday, 25 September 2018 AT 2:00 PM

    EPA has conducted a preliminary risk assessment of data provided by Melbourne Airport about levels of PFAS at the airport and in surrounding waterways including Arundel Creek, Steele Creek, Deep Creek, Jackson Creek and Maribyrnong River. As a precautionary measure EPA recommends anglers don’t fish in the Maribyrnong River upstream of the Calder Freeway to Deep Creek at Bulla and within all of Arundel Creek at this stage. EPA also recommends, again as a precaution, people avoid swimming in the water and keep pets away from these waterways.
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  • Issued Friday, 31 August 2018 AT 6:30 PM

    Avoid water in Stony Creek. As a precaution consider avoiding eating fish from Stony Creek and Lower Yarra until further notice.

    A large industrial fire at West Footscray has led to significant amounts of fire water running into Stony Creek. EPA testing has found a range of chemicals in the water including detergents, industrial solvents such as phenol and a group of volatile industrial solvent compounds called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) and fire combustion by-products (polyaromatic hydrocarbons). This explains the odour in Stony Creek and fish deaths and reinforces our message to avoid the area. We are not testing for asbestos in water because the risk to humans in water is low.

    Water quality monitoring has not detected pollution from fire water in the Lower Yarra River and Hobsons Bay.

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