RUSHVILLE — It could be Saturday afternoon until the Village of Rushville and the Middlesex water district recipients get the all-clear after the issuing of a "Do not drink your water" until further notice' alert.

The Village of Rushville, which draws water from Canandaigua Lake, issued the alert after microcystin was detected in its finished drinking water. Microcystin is a toxin produced by blue-green algae.

Bottled water is available for pick-up at the Rushville Fire Department.

"We started providing water last night and we're getting it to people now," Austin Conaway from the Rushville Fire Department said Friday. "Wegmans donated a pallet of water yesterday, and the state delivered eight pallets today."

Residents can pick up water at either the Rushville or Middlesex fire houses and are limited to a case of water per day.

Between the two firehouses, Conaway said, two pallets of bottled water had been given away and they planned on delivering more water to the Marcus Whitman schools later on Friday.

For those who get their water from the City of Canandaigua, they utilize a different intake pipe and have their own water treatment facility.

"We're testing our water as we regularly do,” said Canandaigua City Administrator John Goodwin. “When we do hear of an algae breakout we take an additional step to ensure water safety that includes a charcoal type filter, as a precautionary measure."

The City of Canandaigua uses a sedimentary type system with a variety of filters. The finished product is tested for a variety of potential contaminants every Tuesday by either the Water Department or the Department of Health.

Canandaigua, Rushville, Newark and Palmyra all draw their water from the lake at separate locations.

The City of Canandaigua provides water to both town and city residents, Farmington, Hopewell, and the town and village of Manchester.