Algae toxins are still continuing to be sucked into the water intake pipes that supply water to the city of Syracuse.

According to, toxin levels this week were among the highest detected since the blue-green algae bloom was confirmed on September 15th. Even though, no drinking water samples showed detectable levels of toxins:

One sample taken Monday from the deeper of the two intake pipes was 0.77 parts per billion, which is more than double the 0.3 ppb level allowed in drinking water for young children. A sample from the shallower pipe on Wednesday was 0.65 ppb, the state Department of Health said.

Chlorine added to the water in the intake pipes and farther down the treatment system are getting rid of the toxins. The department will continue testing until all samples show levels below detection.



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