Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory

Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the
Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is going on?

Elevated levels of a harmful bacteria in Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake County canal system, have prompted state and local agencies to restrict access to those bodies of water. The harmful bacteria is caused by an algal bloom originating in Utah Lake, and is migrating into the Jordan River and Salt Lake County canal system. Salt Lake City residents are strongly encouraged to avoid contact with water from these waterways, and to keep pets out of the Jordan River. Salt Lake City drinking water is not impacted.

Who is affected?

Bacteria can cause health effects in both humans and animals. Residents and their pets are advised to avoid coming into contact with water from Jordan River and County canal system.

Those using secondary water for irrigation are encouraged to find alternate sources. For questions relating to irrigation water supply, contact Public Utilities.

Anglers are advised to avoid fishing in the waters or consuming fish from impacted sources.

City-sponsored activities on and around the Jordan River are subject to cancellation. Please contact the sponsoring agency (Youth City, Sorenson, etc.) for additional information.

Drinking water is not affected. For questions related to culinary water contact Salt Lake City Public Utilities at 801-483-6900.

How long will this last?

It is difficult to know exactly how long this situation will last. Experts are monitoring the Jordan River and canal system and updates will be posted on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website.

What if I come into contact with the water?

Exposure can cause vomiting, nausea, and skin rashes. The toxins can cause neurological and liver damage if consumed. If you believe you have symptoms contactpoison control at 1-800-222-1222.

For pets/animals call SL County Animal Services at 385-468-7387.

More Questions?

If you have any questions contact the Utah Department of Health 385-468-8888.

Andrew Johnston
City Council Member District 2

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