Health Department: detectable algal toxins found in latest tests

0.22 parts per billion of detectable algal toxins found in latest tests/CNYCentral file

Water samples tested Thursday at Wadsworth Lab in Albany, found 0.22 parts per billion of detectable algal toxins inside the City of Syracuse Gatehouse located in the Village of Skaneateles, according to a statement from the Onondaga County Health Department.

This level is still below the health advisory levels for both adults and sensitive populations, which is 0.3 parts per billion.

Results of all other water samples showed non-detectable levels of toxins, according to the statement. Those non-detectable samples pertain to the drinking water for the City of Syracuse, the Town of Dewitt, the Village of Skaneateles, the Town of Skaneateles, the Town of Elbridge, the Village of Elbridge and the Village of Jordan.

Residents in the Village of Skaneateles and the other municipalities, which use this source for drinking water source can continue to drink the water, the statement says.

Any residents who draw water directly from Skaneateles Lake, through near-shore private intakes are asked by the Onondaga County Health Department to take the following precautions:

  • Do not use the water for potable purposes such as drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth, preparing food, washing dishes, or for pets.
  • Do not use the water for bathing when algae blooms are present near your water intake.
  • Again, these recommendations apply only to residents with private intakes.

Daily testing will continue to monitor the toxin levels in the water, officials said.

Algal blooms were first reported on September 15, on the surface of Skaneateles Lake near the shoreline.

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