Toledo mayor lifts city’s water ban

BY newsdesk  August 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM EDT

Toldeo’s mayor says the city’s tap water is safe to drink, lifting a ban that has affected more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan since Saturday.

Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference, saying the city’s drinking water is safe.

This weekend the water was deemed unsafe for drinking, cooking or bathing because of an algae bloom in Lake Erie, affecting the region’s water supply. Tests at one treatment plant showed readings above the standard for consumption for the toxin microcystin. Collins said that six new tests came back without traces of the toxin, the Associated Press reported.

The news agency also reported the city’s recommendation for safely resuming water consumption:

City officials recommended that residents who had not used their water since the ban started flush out their systems by running water. They also cautioned everyone not to all do it at once, and told people not to water lawns or wash cars at the risk of overwhelming the system.

On Sunday, PBS NewsHour Weekend spoke to two scientists whose work predicts that this won’t be the last such water crisis created by algae blooms. Watch that conversation below:

We’ll have more on the water situation in that region on tonight’s PBS NewsHour.