Experts: Cleveland Area Has No Algal Toxins So Far

CLEVELAND (AP) — The supplier of water to 1.4 million people in the Cleveland area has not seen any evidence of the toxin found in algal blooms that recently caused Toledo to warn 400,000 people not to drink or wash with tap water.

Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald held a summit Monday to allow experts and officials to report what has been occurring in Lake Erie’s central basin in the wake of the Toledo crisis. Experts say one of Greater Cleveland’s advantages over Toledo is the lack of nearby farm land. Fertilizers are a primary source for phosphorous and the blue-green algal blooms that triggered Toledo’s crisis.

A Cleveland Division of Water official says Cleveland holds another key advantage over Toledo because it has four water intakes instead of just one.

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