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Blue-Green Algae Being Monitored at Lake Major

The water remains safe to drink and use for your daily activities.
Published: 8:55 AM | July 16, 2020
Updated: 4:30 PM | July 16, 2020

(Thursday, July 16, 2020) Due to recent hot, dry weather, a blue-green algae bloom has been detected in the Lake Major Water Supply. At this time, no toxins have been detected and the water in Lake Major and all other Halifax Water sources remains safe to drink.

Halifax Water continues to work with Nova Scotia Environment and Public Health to monitor water quality at Lake Major. The health and safety of customers remains the top priority.  Any change in water quality will be communicated to customers.

There are many different species of blue-green algae. Some species of blue-green algae have the potential to cause taste and odour in drinking water. At times, some species can also produce toxins.  

Halifax Water has a comprehensive blue-green algae surveillance program in place, and we continue to work with Nova Scotia Environment and Public Health to ensure our plan remains protective of public health.

The Lake Major Water Supply serves customers in Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North Preston, Westphal and Burnside. Lake Major serves approximately 103,000 residents.

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