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Toledo drinking water ban continues
It's safe for bathing, but not drinking or cooking
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Satellite image of past algae blooms in western Lake Erie.
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CORRECTION: The driving distance between Cleveland and Toledo is about 1:45. This story originally said about an hour.

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The drinking water ban in Toledo stretches to a third day as officials say there are still some toxins present, linked to algae on Lake Erie. 

Early this morning, Mayor D. Michael Collins said 28 out of 30 EPA tests were clean or had toxin levels in the acceptable range.  But two areas still have unsafe water, so the ban -- which started early Saturday -- is still on.

The issue is a toxin from harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie, which can be caused by runoff from excessively fertilized fields or malfunctioning septic systems.

The National Guard and local civic groups have been giving away bottled and potable water to the half -million people affected in Ohio's fourth-largest city, nearly two hours west of Cleveland.  Toledo officials say the tap water can now be used for bathing, but not drinking or cooking.
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Please correct your geographical reference. Our local NPR parrots didn't fix it, either.


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