'Do Not Drink' advisory lifted by Yates County Public Health; Rushville and Middlesex public water safe for drinking

The Rushville Public Water Supply system has been cleared for drinking by Yates County Public Health, according to a Nixle alert sent out at 1:10 p.m. Saturday.

According to town officials, samples collected over the last two days have proven safe from the toxin caused by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) on Canandaigua Lake.

Samples collected earlier this week by the Village of Rushville Public Water Supply showed a blue-green algae toxin called Microcystin in the drinking water delivered to consumers. Microcystin entered the supply due to blue-green algae blooms occurring on the west side of Canandaigua Lake, from where the Village of Rushville’s Public Water Supply is drawn.

Sampling collected on Tuesday, Oct. 9 returned results of 0.66 micrograms per liter of Microcystin in finished water. This level is higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 10-day Health Advisory level of 0.3 micrograms per liter of Microcystins for bottle fed infants and children under 6 years old. For individuals not included in that group, the EPA’s health advisory level is 1.6 microgams per liter. Out of an abundance of caution, the state recommended all consumers do not consume water. That advisory has now been lifted.