(TOLEDO, Ohio) — The Ohio city of Toledo is continuing to warn its residents, and others in the area, not to drink or boil water from the tap after samples from the city’s water treatment plant showed high toxin levels.
Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday. As many as 500,000 people are affected.
In an urgent notice posted to the city’s Facebook account, officials say water from the tap should not be consumed or boiled, as boiling water could make the situation worse. The water could be dangerous to both humans and pets.
The “do not drink” notice applies to all customers of Toledo Water — including all of Lucas County, Ohio, and some parts of Michigan.
Officials are awaiting test results from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine when the water may be safe enough to drink.
The toxins appear to have been caused by a harmful algal bloom. Consuming the toxins could cause abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Anyone who believes they might have been exposed is urged to seek medical attention.
Alternative water should be used for all consumption, though officials believe the water is safe for bathing.
Understandably, finding bottled water is getting tougher since so many places that sell it have run out. The National Guard made a delivery of 33,000 gallons Sunday.
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