The residents of Toledo, Ohio are under a “do not drink” advisory given an elevated level of toxins found in their drinking water. According to The Blade newspaper,
Chemists testing water at Collins Park plant found two sample readings for microcystin that exceeded the recommended “do not drink” standard of one microgram per liter standard.
This is simply a short term problem, most likely, but it underscores the reliance on water we all have. Many in Toledo, immediately felt the effects:
Toledo Public Schools today canceled all practices and school-related activities because of the water advisory. The Toledo Zoo and all branches of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library System are closed today, too. The library‘s Rooftop Bash has been rescheduled for Aug. 9.
Before 8 a.m., grocery and convenience stores across the area were out of water. Some residents were driving deep into Michigan in search of bottled water.
About 30 people waited outside Walt Churchill’s market in Perrysburg a half hour before the store opened at 7 a.m. to buy bottled water.
Cathrine Sancrant, an employee at Kroger at 4533 Monroe St. in West Toledo, said that store had run out of bottled water by 3:30 a.m.
“It got really busy about a half-hour after the city put out the notice,” she said. “Ever since then, it’s been nonstop at all six self-checkout stations we have going.”