Via the Toledo Free Press: UPDATE: Do-not-drink water advisory issued for City of Toledo, in effect until further notice. Excerpt:
The City of Toledo issued an urgent water advisory early Saturday morning. The advisory is still in effect as of Sunday.
City of Toledo residents and regional residents (including portions of Lucas, Wood, Fulton and Monroe counties) who receive water from the city are asked to not drink city water until further notice, including water that has been boiled. Water should also not be given to pets.
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins reiterated around 9 a.m. Sunday that no test results are back yet.
“Gathering samples took longer than expected,” he said via Twitter. “Factual info will be relayed when we have it.”
The early-Saturday notice came after water tests at the city’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended standard.
According to the U.S. EPA website, microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria — also known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria “are ubiquitous in surface water when conditions are favorable for growth and formation of algal blooms. Cyanobacteria release toxins upon cell death or lysis. When released, toxins may persist for weeks to months. … While the liver is the primary target of microcystins, it is also a skin, eye and throat irritant.”
Water from the City of Oregon was not affected, according to Oregon Mayor Michael Seferian.
The City of Toledo is giving away one case of water per family at Waite High School and Central Catholic High School. Toledo News Now is tracking additional locations giving away water.
A number of area businesses are closed as a result of the advisory. Toledo Zoo, Toledo Lucas-County Public Libraries and University of Toledo (UT) are closed today. All non-health care functions for UT have been cancelled. All Toledo Public Schools athletic activities for today were also canceled.
Many area restaurants will also be forced to close today.
“The only exception is facilities that can guarantee no consumption of tap water,” according the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
More updates below.
UPDATE (9:45 a.m.):
At a 9:30 a.m. press conference, Mayor D. Michael Collins said Gov. John Kasich is heading to Toledo and is expected to arrive between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Collins said water tests continue but more are needed. The first analysis shows improvements.
“Everything trending in positive direction,” he said, but the water advisory still stands.
Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has an excellent post on this event.