What to do if you are affected

On August 2nd, 2014, the residents of Toledo, OH were notified of a water ban due to the bloom of cyanobacteria. This is what they were told:

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Don’t drink the water


If your water source becomes affected by a bloom of cyanobacteria, please take the same precautions when facing a water ban to stay safe. If you are unsure if a body of water is affected, stay out until you know for sure it is safe.  Keep pets and livestock away from uncertain water as well.

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, get medical attention.