Potentially toxic algae found in Cape Fear River

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Submitted: Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:12am
Updated: Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:16am

New Hanover County, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — A potentially toxic blue-green algae that caused the shutdown of the public water system in Toledo, Ohio, has been found in the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1, near the water intakes for the Brunswick and New Hanover counties' water systems.

That does not necessarily mean that local water supplies will be compromised.

Officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said Tuesday there was no immediate health hazard to customers in New Hanover County, as the processing plants for the utility are equipped to effectively eradicate any bacteria in the water.

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