Reservoir Back to Health

No sign of toxic microcystin

The City of Beacon has received a clean bill of health for the drinking water in the Melzingah reservoir.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation in July confirmed the presence of a harmful algal bloom in the reservoir, one of the three that supplies Beacon, although it was not in use at the time because of the higher-than-normal rainfall over the summer.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation in July confirmed the presence of a harmful algal bloom in one of Beacon’s three reservoirs, although officials said there was no immediate threat to drinking water. (File photo by Brian PJ Cronin)

On Sept. 30 the city received the results of tests on samples taken from the reservoir which did not detect microcystin, a toxic substance released by some types of algal blooms.

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