A state of emergency was declared today in Lucas County and the greater Toledo area after tests at the Collins Park water-treatment plant in East Toledo produced two toxin sample readings.
Chemists testing water at Collins Park plant found two sample readings for microcystin — a toxin that is released by algae blooms — that exceeded the recommended “do not drink” standard of one microgram per liter standard. About 400,000 people in and around Ohio‘s fourth-largest city are affected.
Within hours after the warning was issued, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for Toledo and the surrounding areas affected including Fulton County.
Sen. Marcy Kaptur was at a news conference today with local officials. She said a new water treatment plant has been needed for a long time but opposition in Washington has delayed the process.
*Marcy Kaptur is of course not a Senator
Representative Marcy Kaptur says the area is meeting the challenge of the water crisis and the issue highlights the need for a new water treatment plant.
She says many larger cities suffer from outdated water and sewer systems. Kaptur stressed that people needed to remain calm and said that she put out some rain barrels to gather water for non-essential uses.
She stressed the importance of the Maumee river to the Great Lakes and that everyone needs to work together to manage the watershed and prevent algae growth from being fueled by runoff from farmland. Kaptur said that she hoped people would look at the area in a different way and stress the importance of the health of the lake.