Toledo's water is is safe. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur brought all area experts on water quality and toxic algae together to talk about the effects the heavy rain has had on the formation of a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie. All agree that this is shaping up to be a very intense and very severe algae season. We had one of the rainiest Junes in history and that flushed a record amount of phosphates into the Maumee River and Lake Erie. That feeds the algae blooms like rapid grow.
Even though experts agree that we are in for a severe algae season, they also believe the city water treatment plant is ready for the increased threat. There are a number of new early warning buoys in the Lake monitoring levels of algae and toxins. That gives the city extra lead time to adjust chemicals to treat the water. The official algae forecast is expected to be released on Thursday.