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Cayuga County steps up preparations amid concerns over Owasco Lake water quality

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The Cayuga County Health Department is ramping up its preparedness for potential water contamination from Owasco Lake, a primary drinking source serving thousands in the county, including Auburn and neighboring municipalities.

The Citizen reported Sunday that the department is revising its response strategy.


The updated plan encompasses a mock exercise to practice a scenario where drinking water becomes unsafe due to contamination. S

ince the rise of harmful algal blooms in the lake, concerns have grown about possible elevated toxin levels rendering the water undrinkable.

Despite the effectiveness of current filtration systems in maintaining water safety, the department is ensuring preparedness should these systems fail.