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Blue Green Algae Drinking Water Information Print E-mail

The Village and Town of Skaneateles are continuing to work closely with the New York State Department of Health, the Onondaga County Department of Health, and the City of Syracuse in monitoring the water quality of Skaneateles Lake.   Samples collected by the City of Syracuse from the finished water distributed in the Village and Town municipal water system have indicated non-detectable levels of the toxins associated with the algal bloom.   Samples will continue to be collected daily at locations throughout the the Village and City water system. 

The Village is working closely with our engineer, GHD, to develop immediate and long term plans for updating the Village Drinking Water System to be able to adequately treat future blooms that exceed health advisory levels.  A copy of the presentation that was given to the Village Municipal Board can be found here: 9-28-17 Presentation on Blue-Green Algae

We will keep this page updated as information is developed.

 

Additional information on Blue Green Algae can be found:

 

The table below summarizes all results, press releases and comments related the ongoing sampling of the drinking water system.  A comprehension diagram with sampling results starting from 9/18/17 can be found on the Onondaga County Department of Health Website:  http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/WaterService.pdf

 

   Date  Press Release  Sampling Diagram Comments
  October 16, 2017 for sampling on 10/13& 10/14  10-16-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-16-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found only at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples in the Gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 13, 2017 for sampling on 10/12 10-13-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-13-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found only at intake #2 out in the lake.  All samples in the Gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 12, 2017 for sampling on 10/11 10-12-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-12-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake and in the city gatehouse wet wells.  Finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 11, 2017 for sampling on 10/10 10-11-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-11-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples collected in the city gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 10, 2017 for sampling on 10/7, 10/8. and 10/9 10-10-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-10-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples collected in the city gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 7, 2017 for sampling on 10/6/17 10-7-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-7-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found in the wet well for intake 2/3 (Village is drawing from wet well #1).  All samples collected at the intakes in the lake and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 6, 2017 for sampling on 10/5/17 10-6-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-6-2017 Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples collected in the city gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  October 5, 2017 for sampling on 10/4/17 10-5-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-5-2017

Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples collected in the city gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.

  October 4, 2017 for sampling on 10/3/17 10-4-17 Joint Water Statement Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-4-2017

Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake.  All samples collected in the city gatehouse and finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measured non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink. 

  October 3, 2017 for sampling on 10/2/17  10-3-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-3-2017

Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake and in the wet wells for in the City Gatehouse.   The Village treatement system continues to operate in an extended chlorine contact configuration.  With that, the finished water samples collected on 10/2 in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink. 

  October 2, 2017 for sampling on 10/1/17  10-2-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service_10-2-2017

The finished water samples collected on 10/1 in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake and in the wet well for intake 2/3 in the City Gatehouse.   The Village treatement system is currently drawing off of intake #1, which measured non-detect in the wet well in the City Gatehouse.  The municipal water remains safe to drink. 

  October 1, 2017 for sampling on 9/30/17  10-1-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service 10-1-2017

The finished water samples collected on 9/30 in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   Low levels of microcystins were found at the intakes out in the lake and in the wet well for intake 2/3 in the City Gatehouse.   The Village treatement system is currently drawing off of intake #1, which measured non-detect in the wet well in the City Gatehouse.  The municipal water remains safe to drink. 

  September 30, 2017 for sampling on 9/28 & 9/29  9-30-17 Joint Water Statement.pdf  Skaneateles Lake Water Service_9-30-2017 The finished water samples collected on 9/27 and 9/28 in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.  As a reminder and as noted in the joint statement, all private intakes on the lake remain unsafe for consumption.
  September 28, 2017 for sampling on 9/27/17  9-28-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service 9-28-17 The finished water samples in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.   As a reminder and as noted in the joint statement, all private intakes on the lake remain unsafe for consumption.
  September 27, 2017 for sampling on 9/26/17  9-27-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service 9-27-17 The finished water samples in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.  As a reminder and as noted in the joint statement, all private intakes on the lake remain unsafe for consumption.
  September 26, 2017 for sampling on 9/25 & 9/24  9-26-17 Joint Water Statement  Skaneateles Lake Water Service 9-26-17 The finished water samples in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.  The municipal water remains safe to drink. As a reminder and as noted in the joint statement, all private intakes on the lake remain unsafe for consumption.
  September 24, 2017 for sampling on 9/23/17     Skaneateles Lake Water Service 9-23-17 We have very good news to report!  As shown in the diagram above, all samples (both raw and finished) collected within the City/Village/Town water system on September 23rd, 2017 have come back non-detect.  This includes the samples out at the intakes in the lake! 
  September 23, 2017 for sampling on 9/22/17  9-23-17 Joint Water Press Release   Finished water samples in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  September 22, 2017 for sampling on 9/21/17  9-22-17 Joint Water Press Release   Finished water samples in the Village and Town water system continue to measure non-detect for algal toxins.   The municipal water remains safe to drink.
  September 21, 2017 for sampling on 9/20/17  9-21-17 Joint Water Press Release    Finished water samples in the Village and Town water system measures non-detect for algal toxins.   The water remains safe to drink.  Residents on the lake who are on private water drawn from the lake should continue to following Onondaga County Health Department advisories that can be found here http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/Blue-GreenAlgaeUpdateforPrivateIntakes.pdf
  September 20, 2017     Please see the following link for a statement from Mayor Marty Hubbard. 

Mayor Statement Drinking Water

 

Please be advised that the sampling has indicated that blue green algae has been found in samples taken from the Village public drinking.  Analysis indicated the algae is at levels below heath advisory limits.  The public drinking water in the Village of Skaneateles is safe for consumption.   We are working closely with the City of Syracuse and the New York State Department of Health.  Additional sampling is ongoing and we will keep the Village website updated as more information is available.

The following statement has been issued from Onondaga County:

“Following the reports of algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake, the New York State Department of Health, Onondaga County Health and the City of Syracuse Department of Water worked collaboratively to collect samples to determine whether there were levels of algal toxin that could impact the municipalities that use Skaneateles Lake as a public drinking water supply.

“Samples tested at the state’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany returned results late today of .26 parts per billion in the finished water sample from the Village of Skaneateles. The results are below the EPA’s 10 day health advisory level of .30 parts per billion for sensitive populations, so residents can continue to drink the water while ongoing sampling continues.

“After receiving today’s results, the Department of Health, County and City immediately conducted expanded, confirmatory sampling throughout the distribution system and increased chlorine levels in the water system in to help decrease toxin levels. Results from the expanded sampling effort will be available Wednesday and officials from the New York State Department of Health will be in Onondaga County to help interpret results and discuss next steps for treatment as needed.”

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Justin Sayles

County Executive Joanie Mahoney

315-435-3516

@OnondagaCounty

 

 

 
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