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City warns pet owners of potentially toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake

Austin American-Statesman - 8/5/2019

The city of Austin issued a warning Sunday advising pet owners to keep their animals out of Lady Bird Lake because of the presence of dangerous algae.

The city said the warning was issued "out of an abundance of caution" and that the algae is not a threat to humans.

The city and the Lower Colorado River Authority are testing the water and algae to evaluate toxicity levels, which will take between two and four days.

"It is recommended the public take precaution and not allow pets to swim in or drink water from the lake," the city said in a news release Sunday. "When the results of the testing are available, additional information will be shared."

Austin Water does not use Lady Bird Lake as a drinking water source and the city said the algae is not affecting the city's water system.

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