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Low level of toxins in untreated water samples in Owasco, but no concern for residents

Results from samples collected on Thursday, August 27th from the Town of Owasco’s raw
water have been received and reveal low levels of toxins associated with harmful algal blooms in
the raw, untreated water entering the Town of Owasco’s treatment plant from Owasco Lake.

The treatment system at the Town of Owasco successfully removed the toxins and no toxins were
detected in the samples taken of the treated drinking water.

In addition, results from samples collected on Thursday August 27, 2020 reveal toxin levels
associated with harmful algal blooms at .33 micrograms per liter in the City of Auburn’s raw water.


The treatment system at the City of Auburn successfully removed the toxins and no toxins were
detected in the samples taken of the treated drinking water.

– Low levels of toxins are being referred to as such a small amount of toxins that the laboratory could detect them, but could not give a numeric value.

– The Town of Owasco provides water to Town of Owasco residents and the Town of
Fleming Water District 1.

– The City of Auburn provides drinking water to residents in the City of Auburn, the Towns of Aurelius, Fleming Water District 6, Throop, Mentz, Brutus, Montezuma, Sennett, Springport Water District 2, and the Villages of Port Byron, Weedsport, and Cayuga.


The City of Auburn and Town of Owasco have two separate intake pipes located in two different spots of Owasco Lake. As a reminder, the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco have been sampling and monitoring their drinking water for harmful algal blooms since early August and will continue to do so.

“In the future, we will not routinely issue press releases should samples reveal low levels of toxins in the raw water; however, the public will be informed in the event that low levels of toxins are found in the public drinking water,” officials said in a press release.

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