Skaneateles Lake algae: Who gets their water from the lake?
Daily tests of drinking water pulled from Skaneateles Lake continue due to concerns about potentially harmful toxins coming from blue-green algae on the lake.
Health officials say samples taken from the village of Skaneateles Wednesday indicated the toxin level is at .25 parts per billion - that's below the .30 parts per billion threshold that officials say would prompt concern for at-risk populations. Toxins have not been detected in any other water systems served by the lake.
"With the level under the EPA acceptable limit, there is no reason to be concerned about that," Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta said Wednesday. "You should be able to consume your tap water like you would do it any other ways."
That being said, testing continues to monitor the levels, including in areas that aren't seeing toxins at this time, including:
- The City of Syracuse (which is publicly posting its test results)
- The Town of DeWitt
- The Town of Skaneateles
- The Village of Elbridge
- The Village of Jordan