(WOIO) - "Cleveland water is safe to drink and use as normal right now," said Jason Wood, with the Cleveland Department of Public Utilities. "Toledo sits in the different part of Lake Erie; it sits in the Western Basin. Cleveland sits in the Central Basin. So, the water in the Western Basin is a little shallower, a little more agriculture in that region."
The water department has issued the following statement:
The Central Basin of Lake Erie that supplies Cleveland Water currently does not have the degree of algal growth that the Western Basin does. Our water supply remains safe and continues to be treated and distributed as normal.
Cleveland Water has strategies in place to mitigate any increase in algae. We are continuously monitoring satellite imagery for algal blooms and have access to real-time data on lake conditions. We are in communication with other Lake Erie water systems and we are participating with the US EPA in monitoring for algal toxins. There have been no detects from Cleveland water to date. Our four water treatment plants are all closely monitoring incoming lake water for any indication of problems and are working hard to ensure quality water for the people we serve.
We want to reassure our customers that we will monitor the situation around the clock, will take action if necessary to appropriately treat our water, and will notify our customers immediately if anything changes.
There is no word on when toxin levels are expected to reduce, but another round of testing is expected Saturday evening. Water samples are being flown from Toledo to labs in Cincinnati for more testing.
State and local officials are working together to arrange for drinking water to be shipped into the affected areas. Bottled water is selling out at various stores around northwest Ohio, but is being provided at designated areas by officials.
The following are recommendations for residents who receive water service through the Toledo water system:
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