Skaneateles, N.Y. - Public officials in Skaneateles have confirmed that toxins from the giant algae bloom on Skaneateles Lake have been found in the village's drinking water.
"The blue-green algae becomes a concern most of the time when it produces toxins and this time we saw that it started producing toxins," says Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta. She adds that even though the toxin levels are safe for consumption, there's still reason to be concerned.
Increased toxins in the water are especially dangerous for young children and individuals with weakened immune systems.
High temperatures in the forecast are also contributing to the growth of the algae bloom. Officials also claim that the toxins themselves are not likely to enter the city of Syracuse's water intake pipes.