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Low levels of harmful algae toxins found in Auburn’s raw water supply; treatment system activated

Low levels of toxins associated with harmful algal blooms have been found in the city of Auburn’s raw water, the Cayuga County Health Department reported Friday night, but not in the treated water that goes into residents’ homes.

In a press release, the health department said results received Friday from samples of raw water collected Thursday revealed low levels of toxins associated with harmful algae in the untreated water that comes into Auburn’s treatment plant.

The health department said no toxins were detected in Auburn’s treated drinking water or in the town of Owasco’s water.

Auburn’s raw water had a level of 0.16 micrograms per liter. That level is below the federal method reporting limit, meaning its value is approximate. It is also below the Environmental Protection Agency’s level of 0.3 micrograms per liter for triggering a health advisory for children not to drink water.

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