Toledo says test of water show "strong presence of microcystin"
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:35:22 GMT —
According to Toledo city officials, recent test of untreated water at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant show a strong presence of microcystin. However, city officials stress to the public, the water is safe to drink and a do not consume order is not being considered at this time.
According to the World Health Organization, water showing a level of 1.0 or above should not be consumed. Officials from the mayor's office say water testing at the Collins Park Water Treatment plant were .972 and additional chemicals were added to the water with the most recent results showing that level drop to .456.
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City officials say because of additional chemicals, residents may notice a film on the water in cups and containers. Officials point out once again, it's not harmful. Also they add, chlorine has been slightly increased and residents may notice a chlorine odor.
In a statement, Toledo Public Information Officer Lisa Ward says, "while the water is safe to consume, we wanted the public to be aware that we are dealing with an algal bloom situation and that since a test showed above .5 parts per billion, the Ohio EPA has been notified. We will continue to closely monitor the level of microcystin and the levels of chemicals needed to provide safe drinking water."
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