Massawippi water quality under debate
In response to the press release that was issued on Monday by the Lake Massawippi Protection Association (LMWPA) which stated that blue algae blooms had been seen around the lake, from North Hatley to Ayer’s Cliff, North Hatley General Manager Leonard Castagner commented that he is confident that the water quality of Lake Massawippi is fine.
“In the last report the government stated that there was no bloom on the lake,” said Mr. Castagner. “The Ministry reported a density lower than 20,000 cells per millilitre; such a low density is not considered a bloom,” he added. The report also stated that no intervention was necessary for the moment but that the Ministry hoped the municipality would keep an eye on the situation. Although that report was issued on July 25th and concerned water samples that had been taken on July 20th, the town also tests their potable water (which comes from the lake) every week and it has been without contamination. LMWPA reported seeing the blooms between July 28th and the 31st. There also have been no adverse reports from bathers and boaters who use the lake.
In the LMWPA press release, the organization asked the Quebec environment ministry to provide an update of the status of lakes in the Eastern Townships. Mr. Castagner had no comment to make about the LMWPA press release.