The City of Toledo changed their water quality dashboard Monday to reflect the current status of Toledo’s water, which is now “Watch.” There is no do not drink advisory at this time for Toledo customers, including those in Fulton County.
The watch indicates that microcystin has been detected in the intake crib three miles out in Lake Erie, but not in drinking water. A very small amount of microcystin was detected—0.5 parts per billion and below in the raw lake water. Officials say that 0.5 parts per billion is equal to half a blade of grass in a football field. The level was slightly lower- 0.4 parts per billion- on Tuesday.
The Toledo water treatment process is effectively removing the microcystin through its routine process. The treated water is safe to drink, according to a Fulton County release.
Toledo officials have reported that their new protocols are working as intended. There is an advanced warning system for early detection the city did not have in August 2014 with buoys and sondes that allows officials to implement operational changes prior to the microcystin reaching the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.
Two water systems in the eastern part of Fulton County receive water directly from the City of Toledo. Individuals who live in the Village of Metamora, Amboy Township, Fulton Township, Royalton Township and Swancreek Township and receive their water from the Northeast Water System or the Swancreek Water District would be affected by a future advisory.
If households are unsure about where their water comes from, they should look at their water bill for verification.
In the event that the City of Toledo would announce an advisory, the Fulton County residents mentioned above would also be on advisory.
These residents are strongly encouraged by both Fulton and Lucas county officials to be prepared by stocking up with a 3 to 7 day supply of water as well as other items recommended in any emergency.
The quality of water at Toledo’s intake crib is monitored 24 hours a day every 10 minutes through sondes. Intake water samples are taken at least once a day, with testing of all daily samples timed according to the characteristics of the water. When conditions warrant, testing is increased.
Fulton County officials would like to remind customers of the Northeast Water System and the Swancreek Water District that the treated water is safe to drink at this time.