Toledo Warns Area Residents Not To Drink Water After City Supply Tests Positive For Toxin
Thanks again to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae (see our previous story Toxic Algae Expected to Return to Lake Erie says NOAA) Toledo resident’s are NOT to drink or boil the water.
People who live in the greater Toledo, Ohio, area are being urged not to drink water from the tap.
The city’s water supply may be contaminated by a toxin harmful to humans. Health officials for Toledo issued the advisory overnight Friday into Saturday after readings at a water treatment plant revealed an excessive amount of microcystin.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) also declared a state of emergency in Lucas County, according to the Toledo Blade.
The water advisory affects about 400,000 people.
Here’s the OFFICIAL AND URGE NOTICE TO TOLEDO AREA RESIDENTS FROM THE CITY.
URGENT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF TOLEDO & LUCAS COUNTY WHO RECEIVE WATER FROM THE CITY OF TOLEDO
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER
DO NOT BOIL THE WATER
Chemists testing water at Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended “DO NOT DRINK” 1 micro-gram per liter standard. This notice applies to ALL customers of Toledo water.
Most importantly, water should not be consumed until an all clear is issued. It is important to state that this drinking water alert does NOT recommend boiling, and in fact, boiling water can worsen the situation. Water should not be given to pets.
Additional information as to where to obtain water will be forthcoming, steps will be taken to provide drinkable water if necessary.
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.
Consuming water containing algal 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. Contact a veterinarian immediately if pets or livestock show signs of illness.
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.
Additional monitoring is being conducted and we will let you know when the situation has been resolved or if additional precautions should be taken. The water system is running additional tests to verify the severity of the microcystin levels in our water supply.
Please stay tuned to media for more information and share this information with friends, family or neighbors that may not have been informed through this media release. A phone number for the public to call will be included in a future release.
While healthy adults should be able to bathe and shower without issues, residents are warned not to drink or boil the water. Boiling water contaminated with microcystin will only make the toxin more harmful. Ingestion of microcystin may cause abnormal liver function, as well as diarrhea, vomiting, numbness or dizziness.
The city is also recommending that restaurants and food facilities that use tap watersuspend their operations until health officials give the all clear.
Officials believe the toxin stems from a harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, one source of the city’s drinking water supply. Though the bloom is concentrated in the western basin near Toledo, it could affect water supplies for other cities situated near the lake. Residents of southeast Michigan who live near Toledo are also being advised not to drink the water.
So far, no illnesses have been reported, according to Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, but health authorities are waiting for the results of water testing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, expected at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We hope the tests come back and that we are not in the dire strait we fear we might be in,” Collins told CNN. “We are erring on the side of caution.”
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