Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water

The village of Aurora held a public meeting Saturday to discuss solutions to the threat of harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake.

Stephen Waldvogel of GHD Consulting Services Inc. was present to discuss results of a feasibility study that is being done at the Wells College water plant to see what is needed to retrofit the plant to handle algal toxins in the water. Eileen O’Conner of the Cayuga County Department of Health was also present to discuss the situation. Wells College operates the plant that treats water distributed to Aurora residents.

“I understand this is quite a challenging issue for a community like Aurora and the college,” Waldvogel said. “My focus is on the short term, immediate needs to protect the village from harmful algal blooms.”

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