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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Art Starry, Environmental Health Division Director, (360) 867-2587 or starrya@co.thurston.wa.us

Summit Lake Community Meeting Scheduled This Saturday
Drinking water is being made available to the community daily

OLYMPIA – Summit Lake is experiencing a toxic algae bloom. The algae bloom is producing high levels of the toxin Anatoxin-a, which is a potent, and fast-acting neurotoxin. Thurston County Public Health is holding a public meeting on Saturday, May 13, to address residents’ concerns.  

What: Summit Lake Community Meeting – Toxic Algae Bloom
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Summit Lake Community Club House, 11545 Summit Lake Road 

The Thurston County Board of Health has declared the Summit Lake toxic algae bloom a community emergency. There will be a water truck (Water Buffalo, Inc.) located at the Fire Station at 2815 Summit Lake Shore Road NW between the hours of 4pm and 7pm, starting Thursday, May 11, every day, until further notice. Residents are asked to bring their own containers to collect water for drinking and cooking during those times.
Until further notice, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is advising no contact with the water. Residents at Summit Lake are being advised not to drink the water. They are also advising the community not to shower or bathe in the water, not use the water for cooking, washing dishes, or laundry, and not allow pets or animals to drink from or swim in the lake. Residents are also advised not to swim or fish in the lake. Filtration, boiling, and other water treatment methods don’t remove or deactivate the algae toxin.

Public Health took 11 additional samples from around the lake on Tuesday, May 9, and anticipate results from those tests no later than Friday, May 12. Sampling is ongoing, and they will continue to update residents as more information becomes available through a public information hotline, 360-709-3080.   

Contact Environmental Health, Water Quality with additional questions or concerns at 360-867-2626.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3