The Cayuga County Health Department has begun weekly water testing after the first harmful algal bloom of the year was detected in a tributary of Owasco Lake last week.
Samples were taken from the Auburn and Owasco water treatment plants after toxins from the bloom in Sucker Brook were confirmed on Friday by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Municipal Utilities Director Seth Jensen tells Finger Lakes News Radio with the bloom being detected in a tributary, it was decided to err on the side of caution.
He added the city and the Town of Owasco will be working closely with the County Health Department.
It’s expected that the test results could be released sometime on Wednesday.