TOLEDO (AP) — Residents of a Canadian island are being warned not to drink their well water because of potentially toxic algae in Lake Erie.
The blue-green algae blooms causing the warning are the same stuff that contaminated the drinking water of about 400,000 people in the Toledo area earlier this month.
Some 300 people who live on Canada’s Pelee Island year-round also being told not to bathe or cook with water from their private wells that draw water from the lake.
The warning from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in Ontario also says residents and visitors to the island shouldn’t swim in the lake.
The island about 50 miles east of Toledo is situated along the U.S.-Canadian border in Lake Erie.