Article | May 29, 2024

The Dog Days Of Summer And Their Impact On Water Quality

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During the hot summer months, water utilities face unique challenges in protecting water quality for drinking and recreation. One significant issue is harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are masses of fast-growing algae triggered by warm temperatures, excess nutrients, and sunlight. These blooms, fueled by excess nitrogen and phosphorus, can form in various water sources and are harmful to ecosystems, humans, animals, and aquatic life. HABs can cause adverse health effects, such as skin irritation, vomiting, and even death in severe cases. The CDC advises people to avoid contact with suspected blooms.

To mitigate the impact of HABs, water utilities should regularly monitor water sources and develop protocols for detecting, assessing, and responding to these blooms. Effective communication with the public about risks and advisories is also crucial.

Overall, vigilant monitoring and proactive communication are key to maintaining water quality and safety during the summer months.

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