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Carroll Twp residents still without drinking water

Treating the algae water from Lake Erie Treating the algae water from Lake Erie
CARROLL TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Residents in Carroll Township have been warned not to drink their water.

Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for the township, is experiencing a harmful algal bloom, producing a number of toxins that should not be ingested.

The township's water system tested positive for algal toxins Wednesday. By Thursday, the amount doubled.

On Friday, cases of bottled water were handed out to residents in the township.

"What we're doing is probably a little over-cautious, but we would rather do that than have a problem later on down the road," said Kathy Bowyer, an EMS volunteer.

Bowyer says they're a little over-cautious because the toxins showed up at the water distribution center, but not at the water treatment plant, so there's a chance the toxins are not in the drinking water.

Going without their normal supply of water is an inconvenience for residents.

"I have a small animal rescue," said Debbie Calir, a township resident. "I have all kinds of critters running around and actually that's one of my big concerns right now."

If humans or animals consume the water it could result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea and other health issues. Experts say boiling the water would not clean it, and could actually make the toxins more dangerous.

The water was tested again on Friday and the results are expected no later than Sunday.

In the meantime, the township will be supplied by the Ottawa County Regional Water Plant.

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