PAYSON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The public, their pets, and other animals are warned to stay out of Big East Lake in Payson Canyon due to the discovery of an algal bloom.
Utah County Health Department collected samples Thursday, July 28 and officials say samples showed cell counts significantly over the “dangerous” human health risk threshold, according to World Health Organization guidelines on harmful algal blooms.
Signs are being posted to warn people against recreating in the lake due the presence of the algal bloom.
Payson City has stopped drawing water from the lake for its pressurized irrigation system. Officials say Payson City residents can continue to use their pressurized irrigation system while health authorities are conducting additional testing on the Big East Lake.
“There is a health risk,” says Ralph Clegg, UCHD Executive Director. “People should stay out of the water and keep their pets and livestock away from the water.” Additionally, anglers should clean fish well and discard fish guts.
If residents would like to take additional precautions, it is suggested they run their sprinklers after 10:00 p.m. and before 6:00 am to avoid any exposure to the spray.
Officials also recommend that you keep your children from playing in the sprinklers. Any concerned citizens may contact the city offices at 801-465-5200.