Toledo mayor lifts water ban; same algae found in KY lakes
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Could the water emergency the community of Toledo, Ohio experienced happen here? That's something WAVE 3 is exploring Monday night.
The water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo's mayor announced Monday. Mayor D. Michael Collins called the drinking water safe and lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference. "Our water is safe," Collins said. "Families can return to normal life."
Ohio's fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on Lake Erie. Microcystin is a toxin created by blue-green algae that can cause nausea and liver damage.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency. With the warning, worried residents told not to drink brush their teeth or wash dishes with the water descended on truckloads of bottled water delivered from across the state. The Ohio National Guard was using water purification systems to produce drinkable water.
Louisville Water Company tells WAVE 3 that there is no risk to customers here. LWC says the Ohio River is a unique body of water because the water constantly moves and flows and blooms get diluted.
However, the blue-green algae can be found in some Kentucky lakes. While the algae has shown up in Rough River, Nolinand Taylorsville Lakes, the level has only led to alerts about people and pets swimming. You're advised to wash off after a dip.