- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Health Authority says a lake southeast of Salem has been placed under a health advisory because of an algae bloom.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/dAX4nn ) the agency said Friday that water sampling at Detroit Lake found blue-green algae and associated toxins. The health authority warns against drinking or having skin contact with the water. The toxins cannot be removed by boiling or filtering.

The agency says pets should be prevented from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

Those who draw in-home water directly from Detroit Lake are advised to use an alternate water source. Public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through filtration and disinfection.

Detroit Lake is a reservoir about 45 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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