Toledo, Monroe County Tap Water Safe To Drink Again

Aug 4, 2014

The Water is safe again for 400,000 people in Northeast Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Still,  affected residents shouldn't drink straight from the tap without first taking a few precautions. 

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Those served by the South County Water District in Toledo have had an unusable water supply since Saturday due to high levels of toxins. In Monroe County, the communities of Luna Pier, Bedford and Erie Townships and a portion of LaSalle Township were impacted. 

Mark Hammond is Monroe County's Emergency Management Director.   He says, "The testing process they went through was actually in the neighborhoods, at the neighborhood level, it wasn't at the water plants.  So now you've just got to flush it through the final phase in your homes."

Monroe County residents who get their water from Toledo should run hot and cold water for 15 minutes to clean out their pipes, ice makers, and hot water heaters. 

The water warning was initially issued early Saturday because unusually high levels of toxins were discovered in the water supply. Ohio officials say the cause of the pollution is likely a product of large algae blooms in Lake Erie. 

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