- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Health officials are warning people to stay out of Big East Lake near Payson after the discovery of a potentially toxic algae bloom.

The Utah County Health Department said Wednesday that water samples contained levels significantly above the level that’s dangerous for human health.

They’re screening the samples for toxins that can be produced by cyanobacteria, commonly known and blue-green algae.

The city of Payson has stopped drawing water from the lake for its pressurized irrigation system. Residents who use pressurized irrigation can continue to do so, but are advised to keep children out of the sprinklers.

The news comes a day after authorities reopened nearby Utah Lake to swimmers more than two weeks a massive bloom forced people off the water there.



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