"Hundreds of Thousands Still Under Water Advisory Across Toledo Area"

Several hundred thousand residents of the Toledo, Ohio, area remained Monday morning under an advisory not to drink their tapwater. Labs found microcystin, a toxin produced by blue-green algae, in the water. The algae are blooming in western Lake Erie, from which the city draws its water, because of phosphorus frpm farm runoff, lawn fertilizer, and sewage overflow. At a 3 am news conference, Mayor D. Michael Collins said the advisory would ramain in effect for some hours although tests showed microcystin in the water returning to safe levels. The crisis disrupted people's lives on a massive scale as bottled water was distributed.

Portal page to an array of stories about Toledo's water crisis by the Toledo Blade staff.


"Toledo's Water Crisis Was a Decade in the Making From Farms And Sewage Plants, Experts Say" (AP)

"Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water" (NPR)

"Toledo’s Water Crisis Continues" (Washington Post)

"Toledo's Tap Water Undrinkable for a Second Day; Test Results Delayed" (Los Angeles Times)

"Water still toxic for 500,000 in Toledo and Michigan" (Detroit Free Press)

"Toledo Water Improving, Mayor Says" (Columbus Dispatch)

"Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie" (New York Times: 3/14/2013)

Source: Toledo Blade, 08/04/2014