Is our tap water safe from algae blooms?

Updated: 08/05/2014 1:30 PM
Created: 08/05/2014 1:10 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press and Rebecca Fath

Ohio's governor and several prominent lawmakers promise there will be a lot more attention to Lake Erie after the state's fourth-largest city was forced to tell 400,000 people to stop drinking its water.
The drinking ban in Toledo was lifted after more than two days on Monday, but the scrutiny of what happened is just beginning. Ohio Governor John Kasich says there will be an extensive review of how the water supply became tainted with a toxin suspected to be from algae in Lake Erie.

We wanted to find out if our area is at risk for being contaminated by algae blooms after what happened in Toledo.

At the Monroe County Water Authority, water is treated and sent to five counties. News10NBC has learned that it’s highly unlikely something like that would happen in the Rochester area.

Representatives from the Monroe County Water Authority say because our water comes from Lake Ontario, the algae blooms are not a threat. Christian King of the Water Authority said, “It's a phenomena that just isn't seen in Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is much deeper, it's colder and it's a very high-quality resource that we have.”

Water Authority representatives add that the high algae count that shuts down beaches like Charlotte and Durand does not affect our drinking water.

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