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Toledo, Ohio: Do not drink, do not boil water

Toxin discovered in Toledo, Ohio, water supply, governor declares a state of emergency.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM
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TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for residents living in and around Toledo, Ohio, after a harmful toxin was found in the water supply.

Some 400,000 people living in Toledo and surrounding towns and counties were told not to drink, not even boil, tap water due to the presence of a toxin called microcystis.

The toxin was detected Friday and the region has been under a state of emergency for two days now.

Testing conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated the quality of the water is "trending in a very positive direction," Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said.

Microcystis developed in the water supply as a result of a harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie, a city spokeswoman said.

The Ohio National Guard, and local fire officials and first responders handed out potable water to residents affected by the water ban.

Officials said there have been no reports of people getting sick due to the toxin.

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