Toledo city leaders to host virtual town hall Wednesday on harmful algal bloom season

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - At 6:30 Wednesday night Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson along with two other leaders will start a live discussion on the city's Facebook page.

During that time you'll be able to ask questions in real-time about the city's algae bloom prep.

It's a move to help keep you informed on the city's preparations for the upcoming 2017 harmful algal bloom season.

According to city leaders, the season officially starts July 13 and with it comes an increase in the collection of water samples from Lake Erie.

In fact, starting Friday the city will begin analyzing water from the lake seven days a week.

All of that is being done in effort to help prevent dangerous levels of toxic algae like we saw in the summer of 2014.

During that time Toledo water customers were not able to drink their tap water for nearly three days as the city worked to fix the issue.

By hosting discussions like the one Wednesday night, city leaders hope the public will be well informed on its efforts to keep their water safe.