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Holy Toledo: DON’T DRINK THE WATER

August 3, 2014

BUSTLE: “Toledo Residents Ordered Not to Drink Tap Water, Grocery Stores Go Crazy” by Sarah Hedgecock:

The City of Toledo first issued a do-not-drink warning on its Facebook page at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. Apparently aware that Toledo is currently a straight-up disaster movie, the author of the post opened with an all-caps warning right out of the opening of a zombie-apocalypse story:

URGENT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF TOLEDO & LUCAS COUNTY WHO RECEIVE WATER FROM THE CITY OF TOLEDO

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER
DO NOT BOIL THE WATER

A few posts later, the city helpfully pointed out that “it is NOT recommended that you sell/scalp water to residents.”

The microcystin contamination is thought to be the result of an algal bloom in Lake Erie, where Toledo’s water comes from.

The article includes many picture from tweets showing the stores quickly selling out of water. Reports seem to vary between 400,000 and 500,000 people effected by this, with no estimates of when it will be safe to drink. Ohio’s governor has declared a state of emergency and the National Guard is trucking safe water into the area. Probably this could have been prevented by more routine investment in maintenance of public infrastructure.

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