Problem is Lake Erie water.
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test on Toledo's water being conducted at
the lap in Cincinnati may not be complete
until late Sunday or early Monday.
city will have to wait for additional test
results before making a decision about whether
or not to lift the ban on drinking water from
Toledo's treatment plant.
Lucas County and surrounding communities due
to algae toxins found in the water.
Sunday morning press briefing
ban on drinking water continues.
no discussion about shutting off the water
supply, despite rumors
no severe illnesses related to the toxins so far.
Seniors and the disabled who are unable to make
it to the distribution centers can call the
United Way's 2-1-1 number.
asking anyone who receives water from Toledo to
avoid drinking or boiling the water. This warning
also affects people in Lucas County and parts of
well water is not affected and the City of Oregon,
Monroe, Michigan and Genoa say their water is fine.
microcystin in excess of the recommended amount.
Health officials are advising businesses who use
water to treat this like a level 3 snow emergency
and remain closed.
urges residents to remain calm.
water was safe for healthy adults to use for bathing,
but not safe to consume and should not be used for
cooking. Officials also warned that home filtration
systems will not take care of the algae.
What should you do?
Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be
used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice,
brushing teeth and preparing food. Pets should not
drink the water.
Do not boil the water.. Boiling the water will not
destroy the toxins. It will increase the concentration
of the toxins.
may result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea,
vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Seek
medical attention if you feel you have been exposed
to algal toxins and are having adverse health effects.
Skin contact with contaminated water can cause
irritation or rashes.
What happened? What is being done?
Lake Erie, which is a source of drinking water
for the Toledo water system may have been
impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB). These
organisms are capable of producing a number of
toxins that may pose a risk to human and animal
health. HABs occur when excess nitrogen and
phosphorus are present in lakes and streams.
Such nutrients can come from runoff of over-
fertilized fields and lawns, from malfunctioning
septic systems and from livestock pens.