Lake Champlain Drinking Water Tested for Algae Toxins

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Article courtesy of Alex Apple| July 7, 2015 | wcax | Shared as educational material

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Tests on water from Lake Champlain aim to keep your drinking water safe.

All 22 of the drinking water systems on the lake are sampling for blue-green algae toxins.

Lake Champlain provides drinking water for 150,000 Vermonters.

Water system operators are sending their samples to the state’s health department for analysis.

“Currently the Environmental Protection Agency does not require testing for any of the blue-green algae toxins, so we need to get a look at what types of toxins are present in the finished or raw water that’s coming from Lake Champlain,” Vt. Toxicologist Sarah Vose said.

Vose says there is no prior evidence the toxins will rise to crisis levels. The state is testing the water as a precaution.

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