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Engineers recommend powder activated carbon to treat algae toxins in Auburn’s water

Rather than commit to water system upgrades that could cost millions to treat for harmful algae toxins, engineers are pointing Auburn officials in a more conservative direction.

Representatives with GHD Consulting Services Inc. offered their final recommendations to Auburn city councilors Thursday pertaining to potential treatment methods against algae toxins in water drawn from Owasco Lake.

Low levels of microcystin — toxins released from blue-green algae blooms — were found last summer on several occasions in the treated drinking water supplies from the water filtration plants in both Auburn and Owasco.

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