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City of Carbondale: toxic algae may be in reservoir and creek

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CARBONDALE, IL - The city of Carbondale is asking everyone to stay out of the Evergreen Reservoir and the Piles Fork Creek due to potential toxins in the water.

The city says on Friday staff was told that water in the Piles Fork Creek was turning a bluish color.

Samples were taken and sent off to a lab for testing.

Initial results indicate a natural forming toxic algae may be present in the water.

More samples are being taken, and testing will be completed next week by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

All contact with the water should be avoided.

People exposed to the water may develop skin rashes.

Animals that swim or drink the water may becoming sick and could potentially die.

The drinking water supply for the City of Carbondale and its satellite water districts is safe.

More information will be released as testing is completed.

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