Toledo Will Test Water Daily for Possible Harmful Toxin

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Officials in Toledo say they’ll do daily water testing for the dangerous toxin that led to a water crisis in the region a year ago.

Water samples are taken from Lake Erie near the city’s water-system intake. The city had said Wednesday that it would use weekly testing but quickly reversed course with the mayor’s Thursday announcement about daily testing.

The city said earlier this week that it had detected the first signs of microcystin, which comes from blue-green algae and can sicken people and animals. Last year, it left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days.

Officials say tests show the amount of toxin is at a level easily treated by water plant operators.