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City of Orlando issues Lake Alert for Lake Sunset

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January 23, 2023

The City of Orlando is issuing a Lake Alert for Lake Sunset due to a harmful algal bloom.

On January 17, 2023, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection retrieved water samples from Lake Sunset and detected the presence of toxins deemed potentially unsafe per standards set by the Florida Department of Health.

As a health precaution, the City of Orlando is advising that all residents cease water activities and irrigation from Lake Sunset until further notice. The City will post updates via the Lake Alert system and at orlando.gov/lakealert as they are made available.

You can learn more about harmful algal blooms here: https://www.orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment/Lakes-and-Rainfall/Lake-Alerts/Harmful-Algal-Bloom-FAQs

The official toxin determination is obtained from Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) data, and until the levels are deemed safe by state standards, the Lake Alert will remain in effect as per the Florida Department of Health.

Find current information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications for harmful algal blooms by visiting ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov To report a bloom to FDEP, call the toll-free hotline at 855.305.3903