Dog park water is safe for all

Contrary to recent social media reports, the water at Keizer Rapids Park is safe for consumption. The water at the dog park stations are the same water that is delivered to Keizer households.

The City of Keizer reports there are no algal bloom advisories in effect for the Willamette River or even near Keizer Rapids Park.

Algae are microscopic organisms that grow naturally in oceans and fresh waters. Some algae can grow into a large visible mass called a bloom in some conditions. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but some species, like cyanobacteria, can produce toxins that can cause serious illness or death in pets, livestock, wildlife, and humans.

The smart decision is to not go into water that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. When in doubt, stay out.

If you believe you or your pet has been exposed to a cyanobacteria bloom, contact for health related questions, important information, and document illness reports.