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Toledo lifts water ban
Toledo, Ohio The tap water ban in Toledo is now over, three days after toxic algae from Lake Erie contaminated the water. The citys water was declared safe Monday after test results were returned.
The Mayor of Toledo announced Monday that the water was safe to drink and to demonstrate his confidence, drank a glass in front of cameras.
For three days, residents of Toledos northwest corner lived under a water ban due to a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that was caused by run off from farmlands.
The toxins in the water can cause liver and nervous system damage and symptoms including vomiting and numbness.
Restaurants, shops and schools were closed due to the water ban. Residents stood in line for bottled water to try and stock up on what they could.
Health officials are urging residents to flush out their home systems for at least 15 minutes now that water has been deemed safe.
In other lakefront cities, including Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo and Chicago, officials were closely monitoring their own water supplies.
The Great Lakes provide water for about 26 million people.
Algae blooms have become more common and Ohio officials couldnt say that it wouldnt happen again.
Im not going to say absolutely not. We dont know, said Eric Zgodzinski of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
Ohio officials said the federal government needs to step in and address this ongoing algae problem because it didnt develop overnight.