Glenmaggie’s big dry

AS of Monday, Glenmaggie Weir was at 6.1 per cent capacity – the lowest it has been in 16 years.

While a seasonal drop in water levels is nothing unusual, the resevoir’s current level of 10,922.9 megalitres means the old Glenmaggie Creek bridge has been exposed – an extremely rare sight.

The last time water levels fell so low was on May 16, 2003, during the Millennium Drought, when they dropped as far as 8262.8ML.

In the past 12 months, water levels peaked at 156,859ML on October 26, but a dry summer meant a steady decline.

This time last year, the water level was at 31,164.2ML, while the seasonal 10 year average sees levels sitting at 71,843.3ML this time of year.

This week’s predicted rainfall could stagnate the falling levels, with 8.8 millimetres falling at Glenmaggie Creek over 24 hours to Monday morning, according to the Bureau of Meterology.

A blue green algae warning remains current for Lake Glenmaggie, and recreational users are advised to avoid contact with the water.

Warning signs are in place advising people not to swim, fish or come in contact with the water, and boating is also not recommended.

Blue Green Algae can be dangerous to humans and animals.

It can cause skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.

People who come into direct contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water.

This water should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.

Those experiencing health issues they think is related to contact with water affected by BGA should seek medical advice promptly.