Skip to comments.Water supply to city with 400,000 residents 'poisoned' - State of emergency in Toledo, Ohio
Posted on 08/02/2014 8:36:01 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply of the Ohio city of Toledo Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.
The city advised about 400,000 residents in Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan not to brush their teeth with or boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration. Showers and baths are fine, the mayor said.
Toledo issued the warning just after midnight after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard for consumption.
Gov John Kasich's emergency order will allow the state to begin bringing water into the Toledo area.
Toledo leaders were setting up water distribution centers around the city, limiting families to one case of bottled water. Some stores that were receiving new shipments of water putting limits on how much people can buy.
Mayor D Michael Collins said at a news conference that city officials hope to know later Saturday how long the warning will stay in place, and he pleaded with residents not to panic. There were no reports yet of people becoming sick from drinking the water, Collins said.
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Wonder if the Feds are about to go into the bottled water business with all of the problems with water supplies lately.
And I have been laughed at for keeping a supply of stored water on hand at my home.
Who in the EPA is going to be punished for this disaster?
I live some 50 miles away Jackson county and they cleaned out the stores of water around here.
Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and the West end, around Toledo, is very shallow. I’ve sailed there. Heats up quickly. And we’ve had a very rainy season, with a lot of water flowing into the lake from farms. Lots of phosphate. All that promotes algae growth, and that actually happens pretty often there. I hop it doesn’t spread to the Cleveland/Mentor area. Lots more peeps than the Toledo area. Akron/Summit County has reservoirs that frequently have algae blooms, resulting in poor quality, discolored water.
Yup. A lot bigger deal is being made about it than it really is. More of an inconvenience than anything.
You really have to go to the Middle East to get this story?
I’m just surprised they didn’t blame the Jews.
Ohio Feeper here...something very strange going on here. Algae blooms are nothing we in the western lake Erie basin,(the shallow end). It drains a large area of farmland, farms and livestock production. This years is not as bad as past years have been. Treatment facilities are,or should be, well prepared for algae toxins. I find it hard to believe that this just snuck up on them all of a sudden.
Cover story for terrorist activities involving the water supply, or cover story for massive city (UNION!)employee incompetence. Many mosques in NW Ohio & SE Mich.
Planned scare tactics for EPA to shut down farms and livestock production. Lots of hog farms in the area too! think muslim oink oink.
Also, Many mosques in NW Ohio & SE Mich.
I live more towards central Ohio, so I am far away from this, but swam in Lake Erie 2 weeks ago. The water was pretty clear, didn’t see any algae.
best be prepared....food....water...whatever meds you need....a crank radio or at least a radio with batteries...and flashlights and candles....
so will obama voters get the news now?or will they find out about it in two days while watching MSNBC.
Commonly, excess lawn fertilizer washes into a lake, providing food for algae, which bloom and deplete the Oxygen available for fish, who die and decompose.
Thought it might be the National Inquirer of the Middle East. But it is AP reporting it and they did put poisoned in quotes.
I understand that Detroit, not that far away, has been trying to sell water for money.
“You really have to go to the Middle East to get this story?”
Haha! Aliazeera.com wouldn’t come up I guess.
Meat Me in St. Louis
This is why I only drink beer.
This situation could last a week....
From the press conference tonight: (Mayor says it is out of his hands - Feds are in charge - see FEMA convoy in MI vid below)
Mayor is stuttering around. The laboratory is showing consistency and lack of consistency but they will not take a risk. Want to be sure to be safe to consume.
He says, I can only tell you what I know. Information coming from Fed Gov. and EPA in terms of positive information, as in definitive information, should be available by mid afternoon Sunday.
Talked to CDC this afternoon. Now saying may not be good to shower because could cause skin problems. May want to be more leery per CDC.
Health Department Director Dr. David Grossman: The CDC now says people with sensitive skin may not want to shower, as it may cause irritation. Those with liver disease should also avoid showering or bathing in water as the water may cause some liver issues.
Regardless of a hopefully negative test result, system will have to be flushed and that will take at least 7 days....thats according to the Chief Chemist at the Toledo Water Treatment Plant in a interview last year.
FEMA convoy in MICHIGAN
Very unlikely to spread beyond the Toledo area as the lake around Toledo is in a different water basin of Lake Erie than Cleveland. It is much shallower and Toledo is in an area where the water is actually much more stagnant. Also The Cleveland Water Department has deep water intake cribs several miles out in the lake.
One of the problems that causes the blooms is the Zebra Muscles. They clean the lake making it clearer. The sunlight penetrates farther into the water promoting more algae growth.
Thanks for the update. That was pretty much what i gamed. BTTT.
Did Muslims POISON the water??
I Agee with you.
People have been drinking this water for 150 years and as far as I know, nothing like this has happened before.
I’m not into conspiracy theories but the chaos created can be used to measure reaction to future catastrophes.
Water treatment plants should be equiped by now to deal with organic contaminates.
Someone’s poisoned the water.
Test results are delayed - stonewalling in progress.
Video on this page in an interview with Dr. Grossman, Toledo Health Director.
Health Director: This is the beginning, its not the end
This SHOULD be THE major breaking news story (do the alphabet cable networks run on intern ONLY staff on weekends?)
Could the delay be time to work out the protocols for the up coming work week? Restaurants will have to be closed; hair salons; etc. How will mds, dds, etc offices function?
Those were the 1st couple things I thought of (very quickly). A lot more work environments to be hit as well. This is a disaster...and why is the LameStreamMedia avoiding it?
Look for PETA and the Sierra Club to run on ad using this to scare up more fundraising $.
There is a really big Muslim population there. But maybe someone decided to make them martyrs.
It all depends on what you mean by "trying".....Detroit already supplies virtually all the suburbs north and south with their water needs.
It doesn’t look good for the GREEN LAWN SOCIAL ENGINEERS, (GLSC).
People ‘our’ stupid even when they ‘our’ not panicking.