Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Advisory Lifted for Price River Water Users

 Sept. 7, 2016

Southeast Utah Health Department officials have updated advisories related to the harmful algal bloom in Scofield Reservoir and river and secondary water in the Helper, Price, and Wellington areas.

Water tested at the Ivy Street Bridge in Helper, the Carbon Canal at the golf course, and the Price Canal near the Carbon School District Offices was free from potentially harmful toxins. Individuals that were refraining from irrigating crops or watering animals can resume using this water.

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Updates on this and other harmful algal blooms occurring in the state are available at: http://www.deq.utah.gov/Pollutants/H/harmfulalgalblooms/bloom-2016/index.htm


Sept. 2, 2016
Lab Tests Confirm Elevated Levels of Toxins

SALT LAKE CITY – Laboratory tests of samples of Price River water show elevated levels of toxins associated with a recent algae bloom in Scofield Reservoir.  Effective immediately, farmers and ranchers who irrigate their crops or livestock with water from Scofield Reservoir or the Price River are advised to seek alternative sources. Pet owners are also advised to not let their animals drink lake or river water.  Alternative water sources may be available from the Price River Water Improvement Association at (435) 637-6351.

Testing continues of reservoir and river water to determine when the water returns to previous levels.

Animals that have been exposed to affected waters and are exhibiting symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian. Symptoms include weakness, fatigue and excessive saliva production.  

Livestock owners are also advised to not allow their animals to consume any matted or accumulated algae in waterways or in stock ponds.  





posted, September 2, 2016