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through Monday, May 4, 2020. Courts and other elected offices may operate under different hours or restrictions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Media: Gabrielle Byrne, Public Health, Public Information Specialist, 360-867-2514, or email  
Residents: Water Quality Program, 360-867-2645, or email at

Toxic Algae Health Alert Lifted for Summit Lake
Toxin levels below the threshold for health concern

​OLYMPIA – Lab results received today from Summit Lake water samples show the levels of anatoxin-a are below the threshold for health concern. Residents of Summit Lake should purge their water systems to be certain their water is safe. Instructions can be found at:

There is still an algae bloom at Summit Lake. A new sample was collected on Wednesday, April 24th from an area with algae scum, results are pending. Residents should be aware water quality can change and to take precautions by staying out of the water when algae is present. Sign up to receive email algae alerts by visiting the County's Blue-Green Algae Advisories website, or call 360-867-2645.

Many residents of the Summit Lake community get their drinking water from the lake. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services does not recommend lake water as a quality source of drinking water.

For more information on Summit Lake, visit the Summit Lake Toxic Algae website.

For more information about blue-green algae, frequently asked questions, and the county lakes program, visit the County's Blue-Green Algae Advisories website.


County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3