Toledo Ups Spending On Chemicals To Treat Water

The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.(Photo: Flickr)
The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.(Photo: Flickr)

Making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected.

City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That’s $1.7 million more than the usual annual expense.

Almost four weeks ago, Ohio’s fourth-largest city issued a do-not-drink advisory after the city’s water supply was contaminated by toxins from algae on Lake Erie.

Toledo draws its water from the lake and for the last several years has been forced to spend millions of dollars to get rid of the toxins in the water.

Toledo officials say the two-day water warning in early August also cost the city more than $200,000 in overtime.

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