Utah Lake algal bloom causes closure of Oquirrh Lake

South Jordan, Utah (July 18, 2016) – Kennecott Land closed Oquirrh Lake on Sunday, July 17 and took other precautionary steps as a result of the algal bloom in Utah Lake. All resident homes in Daybreak use culinary water, which is not impacted.

In addition to closing Oquirrh Lake, all water fed to the lake, Brookside Stream and water that is used to irrigate parks and open spaces in the Daybreak community has been shut off.

Water from Utah Lake is a secondary water source used for Oquirrh Lake. It is not known at this time if Oquirrh Lake has been affected by the algal bloom, but water samples will be taken today and results will be reported when they are received.

“Our priority is to be proactive in protecting residents and users of the lake and streams where water from Utah Lake is used,” said Ty McCutcheon, vice president, Kennecott Land. “We will continue to make the best decisions for the public as we learn more about the potential impacts of the algal bloom.”


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