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Auburn council considers temporary measure to treat water for algae toxins

Reaching a permanent solution to protect Auburn’s drinking water from harmful algae toxins will likely not be implemented until 2018 at the earliest, engineers said Thursday.

City officials are keen not to have a repeat of last summer, during which low levels of microcystin — toxins that can be released from blue-green algae blooms — were detected on multiple occasions in treated drinking water drawn from Owasco Lake.

Representatives of GHD Consulting Services Inc., whom were contracted in November to identify potential ways to upgrade Auburn’s water treatment facility, appeared before the Auburn City Council on Thursday. They reviewed their testing results and publicly presented three potential options, though each are still being evaluated further.

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