Miner: No blue-green algae present in city water systems

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - After last week's discovery that blue-green algae blooms were found in Skaneateles Lake, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced on Monday that city water systems were not impacted by the blooms.

Testing was conducted over the weekend by water department employees and Department of Health officials. 

“This is good news for city water customers. We take our responsibility to safeguard our water supply very seriously through meticulous testing and public reporting,” said Miner. “We continue to proactively be in contact with the Department of Health and the DEC, where staff assured us there is no threat to city water supplies at this time. We will continue to conduct testing and monitor this situation.”

Over the weekend, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced that blue-green algae blooms with elevated toxicity had been found along the shore of Skaneateles Lake.

Skaneateles Lake is the main source of drinking water for many parts of Central New York. 

Blue-green algae blooms grow in stagnant water with sunlight. City intakes are in deep water, far from the shoreline, according to the city. 

For more information on blue-green algae, click here. 

To see where your town or village gets its water supply from, click here. 

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