FitzGerald calls drinking water summit in Cleveland to examine safety of Northeast Ohio tap water

CLEVELAND - Key policy makers are gathering in Cleveland for a drinking water summit Monday to examine emergency plans and prevention strategies following the recent toxic algae crisis in Toledo.

An algae bloom in Lake Erie was blamed for creating toxins that affected the water supply of 3 northwest Ohio counties in the Toledo area.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald called for meeting of key policy makers to discuss water safety emergencies and plans to monitor Lake Erie for potential toxins that could affect the drinking water of millions of Northeast Ohio residents.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters and will include representatives from both the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the National Center for Water Quality Research.

Toledo officials are now exploring whether the toxic scare may have been a false-positive reading, but officials are taking no chances with water quality safety.


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