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Auburn finds record-breaking amount of toxins in water sample at treatment facility: Is your drinking water safe?

There’s no water emergency in the city of Auburn now, but after a record-breaking test sample taken at the Auburn water treatment facility, officials issued a stern warning.

“Now is a good time to make sure you and your family have enough water stored in case there was a water emergency,” health department officials said on Wednesday.

The Cayuga County Health Department collected a raw water sample at the Auburn plant on Tuesday. It measured 17.7 parts per billion for HABs or harmful algal bloom toxins.

The water coming out of taps is safe to drink.

However, that measurement on Tuesday is twice the previous record, which was 8.27 parts per billion.

A small toxin level was observed at the Owasco water treatment facility, too.

For more information visit or call (315) 253-1560. Testing will continue in the coming days and weeks.