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Dayton's Water System Starkly Different from Toledo
DAYTON -- When you see that pea green water coming out of people's taps in the Toledo area, you cannot help but put yourself in the shoes of our neighbors up north.
"A clean water supply in the area is more important than electricity. It's probably the most important thing we have going for us," said Lindsey Boyd's been watching the situation in Toledo like the rest of us.
An out of control blue-green algae bloom on lake Erie is behind the pea green water. Toledo gets its water from the lake.
"Unfortunately this one bloomed right over our intake. We were helpless. We did everything we could. We brought it back online as soon as we could. Do we know if this is going to happen in the future? This is mother nature we're dealing with. This is beyond our control," said Ed Moore, Toledo's Public Utilities Director.
But it is something we can work on. Mike Ekberg is the head of Water Monitoring for the Miami Valley Conservancy District.
"it's a symptom of a problem we have going on nationwide. Our water is over-enriched with respect to nutrients, they have too much nitrogen and phosphorus in them that trigger these algae blooms," Eckberg said.
The Great Miami River is also considered over-enriched, but even if it had a big algae bloom, it's unlikely our water would be impacted. Our water comes from aquifers deep in the ground, and have a natural filtration system. Plus, testing goes on hourly.
"Our public water systems do a wonderful job of high quality, safe drinking water and we're blessed to have aquifer resources like we have," Ekberg said.
Boyd echoes how many of us feel, "we take it for granted until a story like that pops up."
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