Questions Remain as to the State of Lake Manatee Drinking Water

Sep 12, 2023

Lake Manatee stands as both a visual spectacle and a pivotal water source. Yet, recent revelations have cast a cloud of uncertainty over its once-trusted drinking water quality. The emergence of Dolichospermum circinale, a species of cyanobacteria, has prompted county officials into action, raising questions about the safety of the water and the efficacy of treatment measures.

The Cyanobacteria Conundrum

Manatee County officials have unequivocally identified Dolichospermum circinale as the cyanobacterial culprit responsible for the ongoing bloom in Lake Manatee. While its presence is undeniable, concerns have emerged about the associated cyanotoxins and their potential effects on human health. Currently, the absence of a Safe Drinking Water Act limit for these cyanotoxins leaves a regulatory gap, further complicating the evaluation of potential risks.

Treatment Measures Under Scrutiny

In response to the cyanobacterial bloom, the county has initiated treatment using activated carbon. This method aims to mitigate the odorous smell and taste associated with the bloom, reassuring residents that the water remains safe for consumption.

Seeking Clarity and Transparency

As discussions surrounding Lake Manatee’s water quality continue, a call for transparency echoes across the waters. Residents yearn for detailed information about the testing frequency, methodology, and outcomes to make informed decisions about their drinking water.

It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

During times of uncertainty in which you may be questioning the safety of your drinking water, you may be wondering if there is a way to protect yourself from these problems. At Hydrology Water Solutions, we can help you do just that. We install top-quality home drinking water filtration systems that are designed to filter out harmful contaminants and improve the purity of your home’s drinking water. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and water analysis test for your home.