Harmful algal blooms found in two Summit County reservoirs

Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 18:47:27-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – The Summit County Health Department and Utah Department of Environmental Quality have issued a warning for toxic algae growths in the Rockport and Echo reservoirs.

Health officials said these growths are unsafe for people and pets, and Thursday they said they expect the advisory to remain in place through October 23.

According to the health department, these blooms are localized and do not compromise drinking water.

However, officials said recreationists should take the following precautions when visiting these bodies of water:

  • Do not swim or water ski
  • Do not drink the water
  • Keep pets and livestock away
  • Clean fish well and discard guts
  • Avoid areas of scum when boating

Multiple agencies are monitoring the situation and conducting tests.

For more information and updates, visit or call Summit County Environmental Health at 435-333-1511.