- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Officials are keeping an eye on a toxic bloom of blue-green algae at Detroit Lake, but they say so far Salem’s drinking water remains safe.

The lake is 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River, which is the source of Salem’s drinking water. The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/bIujjR ) that the city tests samples at Detroit Lake and at the river weekly between April and October, when warm weather and sunlight can trigger algae blooms.

Francis Kessler, public works operations division manager, said the tests have showed no sign of toxins at the reservoir, the river or the Geren Island water treatment facility.

City staff plan to return to the lake Monday to check on the bloom visually.

The Oregon Health Authority said in a press release that blue-green algae in the Detroit Lake reservoir presents a risk to pets and people, and that inhaling, drinking or skin contact with the water is dangerous. The toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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