Toledo Water Crisis Overview
The Toledo municipal water supply has been infected with a toxin called microcystin produced from blue green algae (cyanobacteria) present in massive amounts in Lake Erie. The green color of the algae can be seen from outer space. The chlorine added by the city water has little effect on these toxins. The toxins that have been present in the city water have been at levels far exceeding acceptable standards. The city is getting better control over the issue and is reducing the toxins to a level under the recommended maximum contaminant levels. This does not mean the toxins are all gone, they are simply lower than the maximum allowable numbers.
The public utilities department now has better control over the toxin, however the city’s water treatment plant has experienced some mechanical breakdowns. The city is feeding in massive doses of chlorine and aluminum (alum) to the water to try to coagulate the “gunk” coming in from the lake. Yes, there is aluminum in the city tap water.
There is also concern about certain carcinogenic chlorination byproducts that are present in the water. When chlorine is added to water that has a high level of organics, certain compounds can form that are very dangerous to human health. These are called Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM). These compounds need to be reported by the city on a regular basis, and made public.
At Toledo Water Conditioning, we treat our water through a number of processes that significantly reduce almost all contaminants. We use sediment filtration, carbon filtration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, ozonation, ultraviolet sterilization, etc. to ensure the high quality of our water. We charge only 35¢ per gallon for the high quality water. This is our everyday price. You may bring in your own bottles or purchase ours.
For more information about the current Toledo Water Crisis, visit our microcystin FAQs page.