Toledo, OH, United States (4E) – Some 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio were waiting for the result of tests on the city’s water supply to come out on Sunday following Friday’s warning not to consume tap water possibly tainted with toxins from algae.
Mayor D. Michael Collins said the warning remains in effect until Sunday evening as the Environmental Protection Agency does the test to determine if the water supply has microcystis or toxic blue-green algae. The toxin was caused by an algae bloom in Lake Erie, the source of Toledo’s drinking water.
The potential contamination covers water going to Fulton, Lucas and Wood counties, but there is no report of illness related to microcystis.
Meanwhile, the Ohio National Guard, fire officials and other first responders are giving out potable water to residents at several locations in the city. The city’s stores ran out of bottled water on Friday prompting Gov. John Kasich to issue an emergency Saturday morning that allowed the state to bring in bottled water.
Drinking water tainted with microcystis may shut down the liver, warned biology professor David Culver. But health officials said it is safe to use tap water for washing hands and bathing.