Pikeview Reservoir, a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of our water system, Pikeview Reservoir, a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of our water system, identified blue-green algae.
The reservoir remains safe for fishing, however, as a precautionary measure, humans and pets are prohibited from entering the water until further notice. Anglers are directed to thoroughly clean fish and discard guts. The reservoir is never open to public swimming.
We have removed Pikeview as a source for drinking water until the reservoir is determined to be clear of the algae, likely when temperatures are cooler this fall. There are no concerns about this affecting water supply for our community.
Sickness including nausea, vomiting, rash, irritated eyes, seizures and breathing problems could occur following exposure to the blue-green algae in the water. Anyone suspicious of exposure with onset of symptoms should contact their doctor or veterinarian.