Totally Toxic Drinking Water Turns Off Taps in Toledo, Ohio

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Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have really cleaned up their act since the days of the burning river, but they've apparently traded industrial water woes for agricultural ones, with fertilizer runoff as the leading suspect in a toxic drinking water emergency in Toledo.

Residents have been instructed not to drink the water, which was contaminated by an algal bloom in Lake Erie. The area is under a state of emergency and while toxicity is going down, it's an alarming time for residents. Boiling doesn't kill this toxin so there's nothing to be done but wait.

Has anything like this ever happened in your community? We take clean water for granted in so many ways — what would you do if you were suddenly without it?

Read more: Totally Toxic Drinking Water Turns Off Taps in Toledo, Ohio from Mark Niquette for Bloomberg

(Image credits: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP Photo via Bloomberg)

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