Robotic underwater lab helps track Lake Erie water toxins

[USA] A new device has been deployed in Lake Erie to detect toxins that could threaten city water supplies.

The federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative paid $375,000 for a robotic underwater lab to detect toxins created by harmful algae in Lake Erie.

The project aims to prevent a repeat of the 2014 tap water contamination crisis that prompted a do-not-drink order for more than 400,000 Toledo, Ohio and southeastern Michigan residents.

The underwater laboratory was placed at the bottom of Lake Erie and will provide about one day’s notice if highly toxic water drifts toward the Toledo intake system.

Lake Erie is expected to get two more robotic underwater labs next summer that will help produce short-term algal bloom forecasts.


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