Auburn (WSYR-TV) – The Cayuga County Health Department says it has been receiving calls from residents concerned about the presence of algae blooms and their possible dangers.
The short answer is: It can be hard to tell whether an algae bloom is dangerous or not.
The harmful algae bloom can sometimes be found in blooms with other non-harmful algae. That’s why health officials recommend that people avoid contact with water that is discolored or has floating scum.
It can produce toxins that may pose a health risk to you or your animal if you’re exposed in large quantities.
Anyone who does make contact with such water should wash with soap and rinse thoroughly to remove any algae.
Also, avoid bathing, showering or washing dishes in untreated water and do not let pets drink the water.
Anyone who suspects water may have a harmful bloom should call the Environmental Health Division at (315) 252-1405. If you have a question for the Your Stories team, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9wsyr.com.