National Guard heads to Westlake to fill tanks with water - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

IN WESTLAKE: National Guard fills water tanks to deliver to Toledo area

Source: Cleveland Water Source: Cleveland Water
National Guard fills tanks at Westlake plant for Toledo area (Source: WOIO) National Guard fills tanks at Westlake plant for Toledo area (Source: WOIO)
Source: Cleveland Water Source: Cleveland Water

After news of the water crisis in Toledo and surrounding counties became known, several agencies began working together to help residents of Ohio's fourth largest city.

On Saturday, August 2, a water ban was put into effect, warning residents of the dangers of drinking the tap water due to harmful algal growth.  It was also explained that boiling the water would only increase the concentration of the toxin and deemed unsafe for children, unhealthy adults, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to bathe in.

Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin. 

On Sunday, August 3, the National Guard filled up three tanks at the Crown Filtration Plant on Clague Road to deliver water to the Toledo area.

A tanker arrived at 1:30 sharp, at the Cleveland Division of Water filtration site in Westlake. 

The four, five hundred and fifty gallon tanks on the truck are filled with fresh water and then leave promptly for Toledo.  People there are going on three days without even being able to let their children bathe or shower with the water coming out of their taps.  Experts say the problem is created by toxins emitted by algae blooms. Shallower water in Lake Erie and agricultural fertilizers in the Toledo area are said to be the culprit.

"We are not seeing that kind of algae bloom out here whatsoever," said Alex Margevicious, the interim Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water.

Cleveland Water already sent their own water buggy that holds 400 gallons of the precious commodity to a high school in the Toledo area.  The Water Commissioner says people in the Cleveland area shouldn't worry about the quality of their water because tests are being conducted every hour, of every day.

The water they will be taking to Toledo on the tanker was tested, and its quality was revealed as being above average.

"We are on notice and on standby, if you will, ready to activate carbon or up chlorine doses, for example, whatever it may take to deal with any issues that may come with algae," added Margevicious.

If the need for clean water continues in Toledo, more tanker trucks will be sent west to help those in dire need of something most of us just take for granted. 

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