The citizens of Toledo, Ohio, have embarked upon their new summer ritual: stocking up on bottled water. For the second straight year, an enormous algae bloom has settled upon Lake Erie, generating nasty toxins right where the city of 400,000 draws its tap water.
Stay informed! Watch your local news, listen to the radio, or check online to make sure that you are up-to-date with the water ban. Children are smaller and cyanobacteria could be a bigger danger to them compared to adults. Dogs, cats, or other animals can also be affected, but will be unable to voice discomfort.
“Remember, you can still boat, fish and recreate in Ohio’s lakes, streams and rivers. Just be aware that Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) exist. When in doubt, stay out.” – Ohio EPA
If you suspect or know that you, a child, or an animal has ingested or has come into contact with cyanobacteria, dial 911 immediately.