posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 08:25 AM
Area residents warned not to drink or touch tap water
The city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo water users overnight. The city is 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 Michigan.
Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant tested for 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.
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
So, yeah, I live in the area and was awoken at 7am this morning, my wife, "ummm honey, better come here and watch this"....
I ventured out, first stop Kroger, couldn't even get into the parking lot, a couple of miles down the road, Walmart, got a parking spot right up
front, but no water in the store. I did get some Gatorade, Pop, Milk, etc.
Ventured back out, found a little "carryout" store, they had some water, so I was able to get 5-6 bottles.
I don't mind not being able to drink the water, as I usually drink Pop, Milk, etc. I don't like not being able to shower and brush my teeth. YuK.