This depends on what you believe. The tap water is likely “safer” than it was on Saturday, August 2, but there are questions regarding other issues with the water. The lake water has a lot of organic matter (the remains of dead organisms such as plants and animals and their waste products). This organic matter can react with the chlorine, that is added to kill bacteria, to create carcinogenic compounds called Trihalomethanes. These compounds are already present in Toledo’s tap water but are barely under the maximum contaminant level of 80 parts per billion. People who drink water containing total Trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years could experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and increased risk of cancer. To take a water sample,
follow these steps.