Water Advisory For City Of West Palm Beach Due To High Levels Of Algae Related Toxins – CBS Miami
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Part of Palm Beach County is on water advice after testing reveals high levels of algae-related toxins.
The recommendation concerns the city of West Palm Beach.
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Health experts say the toxins in water can be dangerous to vulnerable populations such as young children, pregnant women, and anyone with sensitive health problems. The water is also dangerous for pets. They also say that home filter systems are not effective and advise people not to boil the water as it could increase these toxins.
Over the weekend, emergency teams set up distribution points across the city where residents could collect free boxes of bottled water.
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“I am aware of the concerns expressed that the city should have informed the public earlier. We couldn’t inform the public until we received guidance from the Florida Department of Health, ”said Keith James, Mayor of West Palm Beach.
James says the city tests for this green and blue algae monthly, and when high levels of toxin were found, they tested the water supply three more times.
“So these three additional test results came back high. At that point, we contacted the Florida Department of Health, ”he said.
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James believes the water warning will be lifted by the end of the week.