For release:   September 16, 2019

Contact:       Frank Suárez, 427-6051

 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Recent dry weather conditions and warmer temperatures caused what appears to be an algae-bloom at the Hurshtown Reservoir. To properly test the water in Hurshtown Reservoir and protect the health and safety of recreational users, the Hurshtown Reservoir is closed. The fenced-in reservoir will remain closed to recreational users until further notice.

Hurshtown Reservoir is a secure and self-contained water body owned by City Utilities.

Algae blooms can produce a chemical that may cause health issues such as a rash, skin and eye irritation, and gastrointestinal upset.

City Utilities tests for these chemicals (cyanotoxins) on a routine basis, with the last test being on September 9, 2019. That test showed no signs of cyanotxins, but out of an abundance of caution, City Utilities has decided to close the park.

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