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Lake Erie algae a threat to Ohio drinking water

October 14, 2013 • Business


In this Sept. 13, 2013 photo, Henry Biggert, superintendent of the Carroll Township Water Plant near Oak Harbor, Ohio, poses next to one of the areas through which the water is filtered. Tests on drinking water in Carroll Township, which is just west of Toledo, showed the amount of toxins had increased so much in early September that officials decided to order residents to stop using the water for two days until they could hook up to another water supply. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; SENTINEL-TRIBUNE OUT; MONROE EVENING NEWS OUT; TOLEDO FREE PRESS OUT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toxins from blobs of algae on western Lake Erie are infiltrating water treatment plants along the shoreline, forcing cities to spend a lot more money to make sure their drinking water is safe.

It got so bad last month that one township told its 2,000 residents not to drink or use the water coming from their taps.

The cost of testing and treating the water is adding up quickly — the city of Toledo Login to read more

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