Toledo cuts back on water testing, conservation with end of algal season

TOLEDO — The city of Toledo says the water conservation requested after the city’s water crisis is no longer needed.

With the end of the 2014 algal season, the city says harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie no longer pose a threat to Toledo’s water supply.

Nearly 500,000 Toledo-area residents were put under a 50+ hour water consumption ban in early August. Toledo issued a “do not drink” advisory on Satuday, August 2 after the city’s water supply was found to be contaminated with microcystin, a harmful toxin resulting from Lake Erie algal blooms. The water ban was lifted on the morning of Aug. 4.

Since the ban was lifted, the City of Toledo Division of Water Treatment has conducted every other day testing of water with testing protocol put in place by the Ohio EPA. Water has met all standards since the ban was lifted on Aug. 4. According to water test results posted to the city’s website, microcystin toxin has been undetectable in the city’s water supply since August 19.

With lake water temperature dropping to 55-degrees, no detectable levels of the toxin have been found in raw water taken directly from Lake Erie since Oct. 4. Given that, the city will now only test water three days per week, still exceeding number of testing times put in place by the Ohio EPA.

Testing was increased in order to provide an extra measure of security for Toledo water customers and help rebuild confidence in the safety and quality of the city’s water following the water crisis.

The city says water quality monitoring and treatment will continue at its water treatment plant 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.


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