COLORADO SPRINGS — The City of Colorado Springs reported Wednesday afternoon that a popular fishing spot in the city has tested positive for blue-green algae.
The Pikeview Reservoir is a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of Colorado Springs Utilities' water system.
While the reservoir recently tested positive for the toxic algae, it is still safe for fishing, according to Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Anglers should thouroughly clean fish pulled from the reservoir and remove guts.
CSU said the reservoir has been removed as a source of drinking water until it is determined to be clear of the algae. Humans and pets are prohibited from entering the water until further notice.
CSU said their staff conducts more than 400 water quality tests a month, but with the increased risk of blue-green algae, they will be increasing the frequency of testing reservoirs at lower elevations.
“It’s our responsibility to provide safe, reliable drinking water to our community and to always consider public safety at our reservoirs. We will continue to closely monitor our reservoirs and take appropriate actions,” Earl Wilkinson, Chief Water Services Officer said.
Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs also recently tested positive for blue-green algae and is closed to full-body contact as well.
Exposure to the algae can lead to sickness including nausea, vomiting, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, and breathing problems, according to CSU. If you suspect you or your pet have been exposed to blue-green algae, contact your doctor or veterinarian immediately.