City testing for algae that may be harmful to pets
The City of Austin is advising pet owners to keep their animals out of Lady Bird Lake until further notice out of an abundance of caution. This is due to the potential presence of a specific algae that could be harmful to animals.
While algae is not uncommon in natural waterways, the City and LCRA are testing the water and algae to evaluate toxicity. Testing will take between two to four days to complete. In the interim, it is recommended the public take precaution and not allow pets to swim in or drink water from the lake. When the results of the testing are available, additional information will be shared.
Austin Water does not use Lady Bird Lake as a source for drinking water and this algae is not impacting the drinkable water system for Austin.
The algae should not pose a threat to humans. As a reminder it is unlawful for people to swim in Lady Bird Lake.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701