Governor Andrew Cuomo says advanced drinking water treatment technologies for Auburn and Owasco have been installed and are operating.
Earlier this year, $2 million in state money was allotted to improve the systems that treat drinking water from Owasco Lake. The City of Auburn now has a powdered activated carbon treatment system. The Town of Owasco is now using a granular activated carbon treatment system. Bothabsorb harmful algal toxins, removing them from the water pulled in from the lake, according to the governor’s office.
“This major investment will ensure that Auburn and Owasco residents continue to have access to clean drinking water and will prevent harmful algal toxins from contaminating the water supply,” Governor Cuomo said. “These critical upgrades will protect drinking water quality in the region for years to come.”
Drinking water for some 46,000 people in Auburn and Owasco comes from Owasco Lake. Both systems were plagued by the presence of cyanotoxins produced by harmful blue-green algae blooms in 2016. The levels of those toxins never reached a level of concern, but nonetheless required observation and regular testing for several weeks.