New state rule has instituted testing every two weeks through October in cities across Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has found that Estacada's water is free from cyanotoxins that can cause harmful algae blooms.

The testing was instituted by the Oregon Health Authority in July after concerns about the levels of cyanotoxins in the city of Salem's water supply. The new rule requires testing of water systems across the state that are susceptible to the harmful algae blooms or have purchased their water from a susceptible supplier.

The Department of Environmental Quality will test for microcystins and cylindrospermopsin, two cyanotoxins for which the Environmental Protection Agency has established health guidelines.

The Department of Environmental Quality reported that initial results from Estacada showed no detection of the toxins. The city receives its water from the Clackamas River.

The testing will continue every two weeks through the end of October.

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