Health department: Blue-green algae levels still below danger levels in Skaneateles Lake

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Health officials maintain that the blue-green algae levels found in the City of Syracuse Gatehouse in the village of Skaneateles are elevated, but still below health advisory levels.

The New York State Department of Health and the Onondaga County Health Department say they found a level of .22 at the Syracuse Gatehouse, and non-detectable levels of toxins in samples of water for the towns, villages, and cities that rely on Skaneateles Lake for their drinking water.

The communities listed in a statement released Thursday included:

The city of Syracuse
The town of DeWitt
The village of Skaneateles
The town of Skaneateles
The town of Elbridge
The village of Elbridge
The village of Jordan

They say Skaneateles residents who draw their water directly from the lake should take some precautions, such as refraining from ingesting the water or using it for brushing their teeth, preparing food, washing dishes, or bathing pets.

They say you should also avoid bathing in the water when algae blooms are near your water intake.

Normal treatments, such as boiling water or using filtration systems, will not remove the toxins.

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