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Toledo water ban has been lifted
At 11 a.m., water distribution stations will close
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
NASA photo from 2011 showing algae blooms near Toledo
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The city of Toledo, Ohio’s ban on drinking water from Lake Erie is over after more than two days, with levels of toxin from algae blooms now at acceptable levels.

Early Saturday morning, residents were told not to drink or even touch the water, after tests showed elevated levels of algae-related toxin. Warm and wet weather, coupled with runoff from fertilizer, causes the higher levels, and boiling water just increases the concentration.

After a weekend that saw civic groups and the National Guard distributing bottled water, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said this morning that EPA tests were back within the safe range for drinking. Residents are being told to flush out their pipes at home, and to conserve water as demand peaks over the next couple days.

Mayor Collins and Gov. John Kasich have both said it’s time to find a long-term solution for dealing with Lake Erie’s harmful algae blooms.
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