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Akron water supply tests negative for algae toxin
Following statewide reports of low-level algae pollution, Akron retests local water

Amy Cooknick
In The Region:

The Akron Water Supply Bureau says the city’s water supply is free of toxic algae.

The announcement Friday comes in response to an article published Thursday in the Beacon Journal, which states that Ohio has low levels of a deadly algae toxin in much of its water supply.

Earlier this month, customers in northeast Ohio were warned not to drink tap water after it tested positive for dangerous levels of microcystin, a toxin produced in blue-green algae.

Akron and the Ohio EPA tested for the substance this week, and the results are negative.

To eliminate the algae, the city began adding carbon to lake water in 2011 after a sample from Lake Rockwell tested positive.

Since then, there have been more than 1,300 reports of algae toxins in Lake Erie, state parks, and the public water supply.

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