Auburn Council Mulls Lake Algae Treatment 

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The chief of the Auburn Water District is asking the city council to approve a $1 million bond issue to pay for treatments to cut down on algae in Lake Auburn and replace some water mains.

Water District Superintendent John Storer told councilors Monday the work is critical for the future of the water supply.

Storer said the bond would pay for Auburn’s share of a $2 million treatment plan, with Lewiston expected to pay the remaining $1 million.

The Sun Journal, reports that a water rate increase, approved last year that went into effect in January, will cover the debt payments on the bond issue.

Storer says high phosphorous levels in the lake encourage algae to grow, using up available oxygen in the water and suffocating fish.