Skip to comments.State of emergency declared for NW Ohio counties over water contamination
Posted on 08/02/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT by EBHEdited on 08/02/2014 2:33:34 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Gov. John Kasich says water will be flowing into the Toledo area from all corners of Ohio to help the 400,000 people who are being warned not to drink the city’s water.
Toledo’s mayor says water is coming from Akron, Cincinnati and even a prison near Columbus.
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5 gallon bucket, gravel, charcoal and some sand oughtta take care of that....
Nope it is a cyano-toxin...
I was wondering about that. Last year there were a couple incidences of Middle Eastern “tourists” visiting Water sources. IIRC
Then run it through a Berkey.
Or boil it?
Can’t boil. Toxins still there.
Isn’t that one of them fancy print toner cartridges?
They’re apparently even buying up the water in My neck of the woods. My mother tells me that they’re out of water in Brooklyn Michigan and they’re getting hit in Chelsea and Jackson.
Thinking I should run the hose out to the gate and put up a sign to sell some well water.
(ohmygosh, isn't this how panics start?)
boiling concentrates it. they already said in no uncertain terms to NOT BOIL.
They pulled all the fruits & veggies off the grocery shelves too!
Apparently Toledo schools suck.
“Or boil it?”
No, it just makes it worse it said on another thread. I think it said it makes the toxin more concentrated.
Which kind of makes you wonder.
They got one letter right. I love the singular “Bottle Water” as well.
We be out of bottled water?
No they’ve been monitoring these blooms for nearly a decade. This one is real bad. I suspect it is the excess rain this year washing fertilizer into the shallow end of the lake.
Has global warming been blamed yet?
Wasn’t anyone paying attention to the algae growth? I guess not.
We out of meet to.
Nothing unusual about the water temp
During the 2000s blooms of toxic Microcystis were reported as common in the western basin. In August 2003, a massive bloom of the cyanobacteria Microsystis aetuginosa formed in western Lake Erie and persisted for nearly a month. Surface scums of Microcystis containing high concentrations of the toxin microcystin washed ashore in Michigan and Ohio, resulting in foul-smelling, rotting, algal mats. Beaches and recreational boating areas were rendered unusable and sport fishing was adversely affected. The Microcystis bloom of 2003, perhaps the most severe in Lake Eries recent history, was only the latest in a trend towards increasing frequency of Microcystis blooms in the last decade. The 2003 bloom was followed by smaller blooms in 2004 and 2005. Microcystis reappeared in 2006, but the extent of the bloom remains to be determined.
Probably no but it would be of no surprise. The Lake Erie/Detroit River connection is wide open to Windsor, Canada which has a massive Muslim population. Made the trip many times by boat, once we arrived at our weekend dockage, made a declaration phone call to CPA. When we left, we left......not one time in years we were ever check boarded by the Coast Guard, nor was anyone else we knew ever checked! even after 9/11. We could have brought anybody or anything back to our marina in the US.
We’ve had a lot of rain though...think fertilizer...
Can you remove my thread? All the action is over on this one.
The concentration from boiling would be related to how much pure water got boiled off. People ought to have a still in their homes.
The NOAA Algae bloom report shows it was expanding.
Nope. Boiling concentrates the toxins.
If the beer was no good to drink, that would be a crisis.
Fracking. Or Bush.
Probably not bio-terror in the sense of a person putting something in the reservoir, but more likely a bio-response to drought/waterflow restriction. Ohio has had recurrant algal bloom issues.
Public Water System Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy
1.2 Cyanobacteria Causes of Concern
Cyanobacteria can produce a variety of toxins which can cause illness and death in humans and animals. These toxins include liver toxins, nerve toxins, and skin toxins. Some of the more common cyanotoxins found in Ohio waters include microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, saxitoxin and anatoxin-a. Cyanobacteria toxins can be found within cyanobacteria cells or as free toxins in the water. Toxin production is cyanobacteria strain specific, and many of these organisms can produce one or several different types of toxins. These toxins are colorless and persist in the water after a cyanobacteria bloom is gone. Toxins may degrade over time by bacterial action and sunlight.
In addition to toxin production, cyanobacteria can cause other problems in drinking water sources. The excess organic load is a concern for public water supplies, because chlorination of organic material can result in the production of trihalomethanes (carcinogen).
1.5 Rationale for Strategy Development
Ohio government officials became aware of HAB development in Ohios lakes in 2007 when the Ohio EPA participated in the National Lakes Assessment. This survey included sampling for the cyanotoxin, microcystin. In April 2009, the results of the 2007 National Lakes Assessment were released, showing that more than 36% of the randomly selected 19 Ohio lakes sampled had detectable levels of microcystin, which was higher than the national average.
.....The extensive HAB on Lake Erie in 2011 was considered the worst in 30 years, with microcystin concentrations exceeding 1000 ug/L in the open water of the western basin. Microcystin concentrations at the City of Celinas intake were even greater in 2012 (maximum concentration >100 ug/L) but concentrations in Lake Erie were much lower. This was due in part to a severe drought that limited nutrient input from the Maumee River into Lake Erie to historically low levels. Overall, cyanotoxins were detected in the majority of source waters sampled in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
This is some very serious S#!%. I just talk to a Berkey Water filter Rep and this is what she told me:
At this time, we haven’t have data for Microcystin. It is a toxin produced by the bacteria. So even though the Black Berkey Elements can remove 99.9999% of bacteria, we cannot be certain it will remove this toxin. Therefore, we cannot recommend using the Berkey Elements to filter water contaminated with Microcystin.
If a Berkey Water Filter can’t make it fit to drink I wonder how it ever will every be fit to drink! Berkeys are used to make good drinkable water by many people working in third world hell holes were passable water is what we would call sludge. Looks to me that the excrement has collided with the rotating air circulator!
How does this effect the fish?
Is that going to be another disaster?
I wonder if the Feds will use this to open up the FEMA camps?
According to the EPA link it looks as if ozone treatment is the most effect. Chlorine and (wood, not bamboo) charcoal can be done, but with a little more difficulty. This is at the individual level. I don’t know how they could treat at the water company lake intake point.
effective = effect
Could the water be distilled with a home unit and be safe?
Who peed in the reservoir?
The article states it is a toxin from algae growing in Lake Erie.
Well, there’s always beer and wine...
Common core English..