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Ohio: Toledo Mayor lifts ban on drinking tap water

Here's the update:

The ban of drinking water in northwest Ohio was lifted early today, after tests of Toledo water showed safe levels of the toxin microcystin.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced at a 9:30 a.m. news conference
Algal bloom leaves 500,000 without drinking water in northeast Ohio

Officials in Toledo, Ohio, warned residents of the city and surrounding areas on Saturday not to drink their tap water or try to boil it for purification after samples found dangerously high levels of toxins from an algal bloom.

Potentially dangerous algal blooms, which are rapid increases in algae levels, are caused by high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous. Those nutrients can come from runoff of excessively fertilized fields and lawns or from malfunctioning septic systems or livestock pens.

City officials warned that boiling the tap water will not destroy the toxic microcystins... could affect the liver and cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness.

They could not say when they expect Toledo's water service to be declared safe.


►Getting worse: Shortages, Updates Here
I take care of 30,000 gallons of pool water on a constant basis.
If you let algae get 'away' from you... it can be a REAL nightmare.

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Ohio: Toledo Mayor lifts ban on drinking tap water

Ohio: Toledo Mayor lifts ban on drinking tap water

Might be worth the gas money

Might be worth the gas money to buy some and then drive there to sell it.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Does anyone else think

Does anyone else think starting a rainwater harvesting/storage business in Toledo is a good idea?

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I may be wrong, but I do.

I may be wrong, but I do.

Anyway, it would have been one (a good idea), without the shadow of a doubt, just months ago.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Water Rising....

Price Reports:
Stop & Go ($14/cs),
Speedway ($30/cs),
Gas Express (two 24 packs $71),
and BP ($30/cs)


Water in short supply eventually becomes priceless.

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The markets always eventually prevail. When they have to.

The markets always eventually prevail. When they have to.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Clean water, nothing more precious,,,

and nothing more dismissed.



Fish do nasty things in water.

Money talks and dogs bark

Treating Water w/ microcystin toxins

Can you treat your own water w/ toxins present?
You can do your own research... but the answer appears YES (if done properly)
Ascorbic acid: Reduce (and keep) water to a Ph of 6.0 for at least 40 minutes
while simultaneously
add Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) enough to generate available 'free chlorine'.. 8-10 ppm.
It MUST be filtered to remove dissolved microcystin toxins.

the above from reading Here and Here .

Simple activated charcoal systems or R/O 5-Step treatment ALONE will not do it... chlorine first then filtration.

one caveat: this ASSUMES that the 'only' toxin were dealing with is from the Algae bloom and NOT from something 'else' we are dealing with that might have 'triggered' the bloom in the first place
(besides the supposed Nitrogen and Phosphorus culprits being touted).
Toledo reports iced down 'samples' were being flown out overnight to specialized labs; still waiting for results/reports.

Thank You

Thanks for the information, it might prove to be useful. As far as we know; this bloom is from the excessive N\P\K runoff. I have a friend in the EPA (it's not his choice job...) and he has been investigating these algae blooms, he says. In fact, on Thursday, just before this outbreak, we were talking about it at band practice... (cue X Files theme song) ... LOL

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

posted 3 days ago... July 30th/Michagan

a FEMA convoy is spotted.. mobile generators/prisoner buses
crowd control? Martial law prep procedures under way? We watch and wait.


I live outside of Toledo

Lucas and Wood county are in a declared "State of Emergency" and the national guard showed up later in the day.

People got enough water for now from various places.

The first thing that happened was, they bought out water from all places within a 50 mile radius or more. This includes places like a local McDonald's, who bought out an entire stores water and soda rack that was near them so they could stay open. There were hour plus waits everywhere.

Then, people who haul water for pools (the water comes from reservoirs and other municipalities), people with wells, churches, schools, and municipalities provided water for people all day long. And finally the National Guard showed up later in the day with bladders of water.

Also, Red Cross made a public statement in the local news telling people that they do not need any more gifted water.

The situation is that the algae in lake Erie shows up there a lot and normally there is a current that keeps it diluted and moving around and sometimes keeps it from even forming at all. However, currently there is little to no movement in the water, and where it is moving, in some places, it's only traveling at 5cm per hour... until we get some current in the Maumee Bay via a storm, TNT, water jets or something, we are going to remain in a state of emergency...

"Have the people of Ohio been warned not to shower?"

Yes, we have been warned not to shower, but then later in the day they say "It's ok for healthy adults to shower but if you do let your kids take a bath make sure that they don't get it in their mouths." LOL.. I wouldn't shower nor would I BATHE in it. There are images going around from people near me, that they posted, that displays rashes and breakouts from showering after the media approved it ...

on the other hand...

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.


Can only guess at the social impacts coming...
restaurant/truck stop/coffee shop closures/thefts/fights/panic/anger..
having to depend on either the wind or the government is about
as dismal as I can imagine. ugh
keep us posted in the coming days.. please
it could get really weird.
stay safe jb.kibs

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Darn. That sucks big time. :(

Darn. That sucks big time. :(

"People got enough water for now from various places."

"For now"?

For how long do you think you/them people have?

(asking genuinely)

And yes, I'd also put dear government last on my list, as competent or efficient enough to solve that sort of problem for me.

Best wishes to you.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The officials say...

The officials say that it should be cleared up by Monday but that they don't know for sure. Samples are being sent out to labs everywhere to find a treatment solution, etc...

Today there is only "slight improvement" in the numbers...

We shall see what happens. Thanks for the best wishes.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.


If these types of situations are not a warning...then I do not know what is. You MUST have a back up supply...Look at these people in line. Are they prepared for a week or two with no water or electricity...NOPE. If you are on this site...and have to stand in line ever...you should be embarrassed. You have been warned.

Lake Erie

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Lake Erie looks eerie these days... :/

Lake Erie looks eerie these days... :/

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Unlimited Water in the Ocean

If we can use nuclear power to desalinate ocean water, we'd never have a shortage again!

A desalination facility in Carlsbad CA...

is currently under construction. It is being built in The Agua Hedionda Lagoon (Spanish for "stinking water"?)

Dubai has huge new plant and there are also more than 15,000 desalination plants around the world

From http://carlsbaddesal.com/desalination-plant
"The desalination facility is connected to the discharge channel of the Encina Power Station at two locations. The intake pump station is connected to the upstream portion of the discharge channel and delivers 100 million gallons per day (mgd) of seawater to the desalination facility. Half the seawater processed by the desalination facility would be converted to high quality drinking water. This water is delivered to Carlsbad and the surrounding communities."

Maybe amusing?

If it weren't for the tragic loss of freedom involved, I would find it most amusing that this scenario occurred in a country whose government sometimes arrests its occupants for catching rain water on what is, at least in theory, their own property.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws our country. ~Thomas Jefferson

500,000 homes without usable water

We have the continuing water shutoff situation in Detroit land. Now this news of 500,000 fellow citizens - fellow human beings - suffering without usable water in Ohio.

Where is the national response? As was the case when my family was impacted by storm sandy help never seemed to arrive. Same old, nothing to see here just move along.

While national resources are spread extremely thin abroad the nation suffers and crumbles.

Bring the troops home.

I-75 goes right through Toledo

If'n someone got the mind to ship water north along it, that someone would be in a good position to respond if Detroit's government makes good on its threat to cut streets off.

Defend Liberty!

holy toledo!

sorry couldn't help it.

R3ovlUTION charles walker 8322474577

At first we couldn't even touch the water.

I woke up late this morning, washed my face and hands and made a pot of coffee. Then I noticed my phone on my way to brushing my teeth. After seeing the messages from my mother about our water situation I got a little nervous. At first we were warned not to even touch the water. Thankfully my face wasn't going to melt off as they downgraded the situation saying it was now safe to shower.

I waited over 2 hours in line at the local high school to get my bag of water. Still waiting on an update on the situation. They said the tap is safe for showers and laundry but not consumption even with purification/filtration this morning.

Thankfully the Kroger stores have been able to get extra shipments in.
just went shopping and was able to pick up a few gallons. I always wanted to stock up on essentials just in case of a situation like this, but never had the money .

Freedom requires personal responsibility, which is why it is unpopular.



I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Have the people of Ohio been

Have the people of Ohio been warned to not take a shower full of toxic microcystins?

It's the same water!

Many will avoid using the tap water for drinking and cooking purposes, but when it comes to taking a shower in the morning....

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

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Maybe they rely on people's common sense?

Maybe they rely on people's common sense?

If any of it remains...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

carbon filter/water purifier...

would that help?

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?