Dangerous Toxins Found in Toledo Water

City residents can't drink it for now, even if it's boiled

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2014 12:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – The greater Toledo area of Ohio is under some scary-sounding advisories today after toxins turned up in city water. For the time being, residents shouldn't drink tap water, even if it's boiled, and restaurants are being urged to close their doors unless they can guarantee no city water has been used, reports the Toledo Blade. The governor has declared a state of emergency and summoned the National Guard, reports WTOL, while the city is calling in police officers on OT to maintain order when water tankers arrive.

The trouble began when two samples at a water-treatment plant showed unacceptably high levels of a toxin known as microcystin. On its Facebook page, the city says the cause might be a "harmful algal bloom" in Lake Erie, and it warned people to see a doctor if they get sick after drinking water. Same goes for pets. The affected plant supplies water to an estimated 400,000 people. The EPA is conducting tests, though results won't be in until this evening. In the meantime, stores are struggling to keep bottled water on their shelves.

Aundrea Simmons stands next to her minivan with cases of bottled water in Toledo.
Aundrea Simmons stands next to her minivan with cases of bottled water in Toledo.   (AP Photo John Seewer)
Sharon Green loads bottled water into her car in Toledo.
Sharon Green loads bottled water into her car in Toledo.   (AP Photo John Seewer)
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