"When it comes to protecting our drinking water and addressing the algal bloom crisis the City of Auburn has had no greater friend than Governor Andrew Cuomo. When faced with toxins from algal blooms threatening our public drinking supply it was the Governor’s leadership that was the game changer and within the year we had the infrastructure in place to treat our public drinking water supply. The Governor and his team have worked in direct partnership with us as we work on watershed protection for our lakes and their leadership has been essential to the
process and is greatly appreciated. At the local level we simply could not tackle this issue without the strong interest and leadership of Governor Cuomo and we thank him for his support." - Mayor Michael D. Quill, posted August 15, 2018
The City of Auburn works in partnership with the Cayuga County Health Department to communicate issues related to our public drinking water supply in the event harmful algal blooms impact our drinking water supply. The source of public drinking water for the City of Auburn is Owasco Lake.
The Cayuga County Health Department collects untreated and treated water samples from the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco’s water treatment plants to monitor for toxins associated with harmful blue-green algae.
Working in partnership with Governor Cuomo, the NYS DEC and the NYS DOH, and with the support of our State legislative representatives, the City of Auburn was able to install a new power activated carbon (PAC) treatment system at the water intake pumping station and this system became operational in early August 2017.
Posted: August 14, 2018
The Power Activated Carbon (PAC) treatment system is currently activated at the City of Auburn's Water Pumping Station.
Other resources available from our local, state and federal government agencies regarding harmful algal blooms:
The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program tracks and reports the development of harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake. Owasco Lake is the source of public water supply for public water users supplied by the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco. The City of Auburn provides public water to residents in the City of Auburn, the Towns of Aurelius, Fleming Water District 6, Throop, Mentz, Brutus, Montezuma, Sennett, Springport Water District 2, and the Villages of Port Byron, Weedsport, and Cayuga. The Town of Owasco provides public water to residents in the Town of Owasco and Town of Fleming Water District.
The following webpages contain educational information on Harmful Algal Blooms
New York State Department of Health Blue-green Algae Frequently Asked Questions webpage:
United States Environmental Protection Agency: The Problem, Nutrient Pollution: