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Algal toxins found in Auburn’s treated drinking water; officials believe it was anomaly

Low levels of harmful algal bloom toxins were detected in the city of Auburn's drinking water, which comes from Owasco Lake, on Friday, Sept. 22, according to the latest results posted Monday on the Cayuga County Department of Health's website.

The department reported levels of 0.17 micrograms per liter, which is still considered safe to drink.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 10-day health advisory guideline for vulnerable populations is 0.3 micrograms per liter of microcystin, the toxin most commonly found in Owasco Lake's harmful algal blooms. Should drinking water levels be detected at 0.3 or higher, local municipalities who purchase water from Auburn have emergency plans in place to provide water to residents.

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