Toledo officials stress water safe to drink

Aug 17, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo officials are stressing that the city's water is safe to drink as they continue to monitor for the toxin produced by Lake Erie cyanobacteria blooms  that shut down services two weeks ago to about 400,000 people.

Officials say tests on untreated water coming into a city plant are showing a "strong presence" of the toxin microcystin, but the treated water is safe.
Officials say tests on untreated water coming into a city plant are showing a "strong presence" of the toxin microcystin, but the treated water is safe.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Officials say tests on untreated water coming into a city plant are showing a "strong presence" of the toxin microcystin, but the treated water is safe.

Customers might notice a film on tap water in cups or containers. Officials say that is not harmful and comes from alum in treating the water to remove the toxin. Customers also might notice more of a chlorine odor because chlorine also was slightly increased to treat the water.

The city posted the information Saturday on its Facebook page.