GHD Consulting Services, Inc. will conduct a study of the town of Owasco's water treatment plant to identify ways to get rid of blue-green algae toxins in the finished water. GHD is the same consulting firm that is wrapping up its study of the city of Auburn's water treatment plant.
Both plants' studies will propose options for eliminating microcystin, a toxin that can be produced from harmful blue-green algae blooms. Those toxins appeared in the treated drinking water of customers who buy water from Owasco and Auburn last summer, though at low levels. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month that the state would give $150,000 to the study of both treatment plants, and an additional $2 million to implement any upgrades to the facilities.