- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Chemists for the city of Toledo, accompanied by Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, took raw water samples today from Lake Erie near the municipality’s drinking water intake mechanisms.

Mayor Hicks-Hudson said several samples were taken — at the water surface, 10 feet below, and directly at the intake crib.

Raw lake water tested Monday showed the first signs this year of the dangerous toxin microcystin that can cause liver and kidney damage and resulted in a nearly three-day water crisis last August.

Microcystin found in raw Lake Erie water, July 27

Results from the tests performed on samples taken today could be available after 4 p.m., as testing takes up to five hours, the mayor said.

The mayor emphasized that Toledo’s drinking water remains safe and microcystin has not yet been detected inside the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

“I am even more determined now to get the state and federal government to help us,” Mayor Hicks-Hudson said, referring to the quality of the raw lake water.

The intake crib where the toxin was detected Monday is 3 miles out in the lake, the mayor said.

A small amount of microcystin was detected in the intake crib — 0.5 parts per billion.

“[That] is equal to about one-half a blade of grass in a football field,” Mayor Hicks-Hudson said.

The toxin was first detected at about 2 p.m. at about 0.3 and 0.4 parts per billion. A later sample at 7 p.m. showed the level at 0.5 parts per billion. The mayor made the announcement at 8:50 p.m.

Water takes about 90 minutes to travel from the intake crib to the city’s low service pumping station and then another four hours to travel to the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant. That 5 ½ hours is “more than enough time to treat the water,” Mayor Hicks-Hudson said.


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