'It's breaking up' - Norwalk chemically treating upper reservoir

Algae bloom has caused the closure of the upper reservoir at Veterans Memorial Lake Park.
Scott Seitz2
Aug 20, 2014

 

City officials continue to monitor the blue-green algae bloom which has caused the closure of the upper reservoir at Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

"It took two hours to treat it," said Josh Snyder, public works director.

"The algae seems to be receding and coming closer to the shore," he added. "It's breaking up."

Crews are treating the upper reservoir with copper sulfate.

New water samples are being taken to The Ohio State University Lab on an island in Lake Erie for testing, Snyder said. The first samples taken to the lab Monday tested positive for harmful toxins caused by the algae.

The city's drinking water supply is safe, according to Snyder, as that water comes from the lower reservoir.

What caused the blue-green algae to form in the upper reservoir?

"That's probably of great interest to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)," Snyder said.

"The reservoir is basically fed from the Norwalk Creek and that is fed from fields mainly east of the city limits," he added.

To read full story see today's Norwalk Reflector.

Comments

observer1

A couple thoughts. First, although the upper reservoir is currently isolated from the lower and Memorial, a couple of good hard rains and the upper will be flowing into Memorial at the small spillway between the two. May not be a huge problem, since Memorial is also isolated from the lower which supplies the drinking water.

Secondly, although the city is treating the upper with copper sulfate, there is a very strong sulphur smell coming off the Memorial spillway into Norwalk creek. Are they treating Memorial too as a precaution?

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JMOP

Yes, it was a strong smell. Drove past it, and gagged.

TheGravyWhisperer

...doesn't the upper rez spill into the Nwalk creek?

observer1

Other way around. The eastern branch of the creek feeds into the upper, and the memorial spillway feeds the Norwalk creek to the west.

TheGravyWhisperer

...thanks, O1...