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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    For the second consecutive day, residents in an area of northwestern Ohio that included the state's fourth-largest city, Toledo, are being told that their tap water is not safe for cooking or drinking. The governor has declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard to help get water and food to the region. As of Sunday morning, there were no reports of anyone being sickened by tap water.

    Toxins in the water have been linked to an algae bloom in Lake Erie, which is a primary source of drinking water for many Ohio communities. In recent decades, Lake Erie has seen large blooms of blue-green algae develop in its western basin. In 2011, the algae covered a record 1,930 square miles of Lake Erie nearly 20 percent of the entire surface of the lake.

    The blooms grow from an excess of phosphorus, which is a key ingredient in many fertilizers. Lake Erie is particularly prone to the blooms because rivers carry runoff from farmland into the shallow western basin of the lake.
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    Behind Ohio drinking-water ban, a Lake Erie mystery - CSMonitor.com

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Okay, that bolded part is just drama, please. Drinking, dish, and toothbrush water is a mere fraction of the uses for city water supplies. PULLEEEASE can we ever get to the point where we can discuss rationally present things or are we all just loving the drama too much.
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    It was a direct quote from the news article I posted. Is there any evidence to suggest otherwise?
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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    Many cities sewage treatment plants empty wastes through pipes extending a mile or more out into the Great Lakes. You know that at some point that this ignorant policy is going to bite back. Maybe that day has arrived. Add a little Global Waming to raise Lake water temperatures and you have a recipe for disaster.
    Record low temperatures & precipitation, sunshine, calm winds, then the other day a heavy T-storm washed a motherlode of fertilizer off the dry farmland. And it all ends up in lake Erie watershed.

    A huge cyanobacteria laden algae bloom, colloquially known as "nasty green pond scum" has covered western lake Erie. Maumee bay in particular, where the Toledo municipal water supply comes from, has got the worst of the green scum invasion.

    In another thread I mentioned that I drank almost three pitchers of iced tea that I made with tap water before I got the news that you were not supposed to drink the water. I have no idea how much of the toxin I ingested.

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Who doesn't have water filters?

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Who doesn't have water filters?
    Toxins aren't easily filtered.
    You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    If you know what the toxin is you can determine how to filter it. But seriously, are people that poorly prepared that a couple of days without city water is going to be that big a deal? We have a well, I have 120 gallons of water on hand just in case of a power outage and 5 different filters. Are people really that helpless?

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Who doesn't have water filters?
    Irrelevant. Filters are ineffective at combating this particular toxin.

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by Paxaeon View Post
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    It was a direct quote from the news article I posted. Is there any evidence to suggest otherwise?
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    I wasn't directing my disgust at you but at the journalist, who choose to use such drama and misrepresentation. If it seemed personal, my bad.
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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Irrelevant. Filters are ineffective at combating this particular toxin.
    Really.
    Water Filtration Technique Removes Dangerous Freshwater Algae Toxins

    If you live somewhere where your primary water source is becoming increasingly toxic, it might be a good idea to have a bakup plan. Like maybe some stored water. It never ceases to amaze me how ill equipt most are for any type of contingency.
    Last edited by tech30528; 08-03-14 at 07:03 PM.

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    Re: Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Take note.
    This is the first time this technique has been used to remove an algal toxin, and Walker cautioned that more research needs to be done before commercial water treatment plants could adopt it wholesale.
    It isn't ready for prime time.
    You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.

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