Holy Toledo: 500,000 Residents In Toledo, Ohio Area Have Undrinkable Water After Dangerous Toxins Found
Residents in the Toledo-area are under a do-not-drink advisory after learning the city’s water supply is unsafe. According to News Nugget, samples from a water treatment plant revealed concentrations of microcystin, a toxin released by an algae bloom, exceeded recommended limits.
500,000 people in Toledo and Lucas County, as well as nearby Fulton County and parts of Monroe County, Michigan are affected. Officials are advising residents to not even boil the water for usage because it could increase the concentration of toxins in the water.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency.
The data from two city tests were contradictory, the mayor said it, “is very confusing for everyone.”
“We really don’t have a true answer. One set of tests is different from the other,” he said. “We don’t know for sure these [city] tests are proof positive, but certainly we’re not taking any risks.”
Mayor D. Michael Collins feels confident that the algae crisis will bring about permanent change in how Lake Erie and other natural resources are managed. He faulted agricultural fertilizer runoff, sewage overflows “up in Michigan,” and other pollution for Toledo’s problem, according to the The Toledo Blade.
“I don’t believe we’ll ever be back to normal,” the mayor said. “But this is not going to be our new normal. We’re going to fix this. Our city is not going to be abandoned.”
News Nugget reports that city officials have promised one free case of water to every household in the area which was affected, but that alert resulted in bottled water disappearing from store shelves across northwest Ohio.
One case of water isn’t very much to sustain a household full of people.