Syracuse, Onondaga County release latest test results after algal blooms report

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County Health Department and the city of Syracuse continue to test water samples after algal blooms were identified on Skaneateles Lake more than a week ago.

Samples tested Saturday at the state’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany found non-detectable results inside the City of Syracuse Gatehouse located in the Village of Skaneateles, according to a joint statement from the county and the city of Syracuse.

Residents in the Village of Skaneateles and the other municipalities which receive their drinking water from the city of Syracuse and OCWA can continue to drink the water.

The statement says this level is consistent with prior reported sampling at the Gatehouse that is below the health advisory levels for both adults and sensitive populations such as children and people with immune deficiencies.

Today's result is not representative of the water reaching any customers of the Skaneateles Lake public water supply, including the Village of Skaneateles, according to the statement. This sample is taken at a point which is still in the pre-treatment chain. 

All samples of water that are connected to the drinking water reaching customers of the system, including 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 have also resulted in non-detectable levels of toxin.

Daily testing will continue until all samples consistently return non-detectable results. 

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