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Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply of Toledo, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink ...
the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency. (Aug. 2)
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SHOTLIST:WTVG - COURTESY WTVG, EMBARGO TOLEDOToledo, Ohio - August 2, 2014++PARTIALLY COVERED++1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor D. Michael Collins, (I) Toledo:"Water is being transported up from basically all over the state of Ohio at this time. What I would ask the community to do is to realize that we are handling this in the most responsible we can. We are not putting information out there that we can't substantiate."2. Various signs of closed businesses due to water problem3. Various of shoppers with bottled water++COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor D. Michael Collins, (I) Toledo:"We're going to get through the next 10 hours. I can tell you that and we are going to have water available in the next 10 hours for those who need it. If we need it beyond those 10 hours we're going to accomplish that too. But, that's a long term plan and hopefully it's not going to extend beyond that. The algae bloom happens to be, its all in that same area. So, unless we experience a strong southwest wind to move that further out into the lake we're going to continue to see the same problem as we extract water from the lake and into our systems."STORYLINE:Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply of the state's fourth-largest city Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.The city advised about 400,000 residents in Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan not to brush their teeth with or boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration.Toledo issued the warning just after midnight after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard for consumption. Gov. John Kasich said it was too early to say how long the advisory will last or what caused toxins to spike suddenly in the drinking water. The governor and his staff said state agencies were working to bring water and other supplies to areas around Toledo while also assisting hospitals and other affected businesses.Algae blooms during the summer have become more frequent and troublesome around the western end of Lake Erie, the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.