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Toledo Water Crisis: Half A Million People Without Safe Drinking Water As Toxins Contaminate Ohio City Supply

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/half-a-million-people-without-water-as-toxins-contaminate-ohio-city-water-supply-9644829.html

Up to half a million residents of one of the largest cities in Ohio are without safe drinking water after a dangerous toxin was discovered in the supply.

A state of emergency has been declared in Toledo, Ohio’s fourth largest city, and its surrounding suburbs after the contamination was discovered late on Friday.

Restaurants and even the local zoo have been forced to close as a result of the crisis, thought to be caused by a “harmful algal bloom” at the water’s source in Lake Erie, according to city officials.

The National Guard has been called in to bring water to the area after a warning against drinking from the tap sparked a shopping frenzy for clean bottled water.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Gov John Kasich said it was too early to know how long the crisis would last.

“We don’t really want to speculate on this,” he said. “When it comes to this water, we’ve got to be very careful.”

Results from tests had been expected back yesterday, according to USA Today, after the toxin was discovered in an area water treatment plant.

Blue-green algae are naturally found in lakes and ponds around Ohio.

A black swan event in America?

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Nah, a bloke having a wee in a massive Lake event. In fact, it could have been a bloke and some burd. Or a lady and a gentleman. They're no lady and gentleman - they've just had a wee in Lake Eerie.

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Is there any fracking nearby, there will be some bloke stood next to a massive lake of pollution with a sign saying "nothing to see here".

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