Oregon tap water safe, officials say

Recent tests performed by the Environmental Protection Agency on the water supply in Oregon revealed trace amounts of a toxin associated with Lake Erie algae.

Oregon city administrator Mike Beazley emphasizes that the despite the existence of the toxins the water remains safe to drink. "The Lake Erie algae bloom is greater than it has been in decades and it is something that continues to be an environmental challenge for Oregon and communities across Northern Ohio," Mr. Beazley said.

While tap water remains safe, Sandy Bihn, an Oregon City Councilwoman and Water Keeper for the Western Lake Erie Water Asociation says the algae does pose a threat to swimmers out on the open water. "The micro cystis has toxins in it and if you come in contact with it there can be ramifications," Mrs. Bihn said.