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Mayor Hicks-Hudson announces water 'watch' after microcystin detected in intake crib, not tap water

(City of Toledo's Water Dashboard) (City of Toledo's Water Dashboard)
(Water shelf at Kroger in Point Place) (Water shelf at Kroger in Point Place)
(NOAA satellite of Lake Erie's algal bloom; taken 12:30 p.m. July 27th, 2015) (NOAA satellite of Lake Erie's algal bloom; taken 12:30 p.m. July 27th, 2015)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson says Toledo's water is now in the "WATCH" category. This means microcystin has been detected in the Lake Erie intake crib, but is NOT in the drinking water. 

Microcystin was detected at 0.5 parts per billion in raw lake water about 3 miles out from the intake facility in Lake Erie. 

Leaders continue to monitor the levels and at this point they say their current treatment process is sufficient and all of the toxins are being removed before the water leaves the treatment facility. 

"The treatment process is effectively removing the microcystin through the routine process and accelerated treatment is not needed at this time," said Hicks-Hudson. 

"One of the differences this year from 2014 is that we have more time. we have more treatment time, we have more notice time - time is on our side this year," said Chuck Campbell with the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.  

Last summer the city faced criticism for not being transparent with the public about the water quality. 

Back in June the city launched its online “Water Quality Dashboard" as a way to provide a clear, graphical representation of the most recent water tests. 

After Monday night's announce on the dashboard's change from "CLEAR" to "WATCH," many in the area rushed to open grocery stores for bottled water. 

"I'm seeing that the water crisis is back, so I've got like maybe, I don't know, maybe five big containers of water at home now. But I just wanted to grab some more just in case," said Kroger customer Reed Russell.  

"It doesn't really surprise me. I have water at home, but not really too concerned," said Kroger customer Steven Kaczmark. 

A Kroger manager says they have plenty of water located in the back of the store, so people shouldn't be worried about them keeping up with demand.

Again, the water is safe for everyone to drink at this time. If that changes, city leaders say they will hold another press conference and we will notify you immediately. 

Be sure to check out the "Protecting Our Water" tab on the homepage for more coverage.

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