TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Toledo — where a Lake Erie algae bloom made the city’s tap water unsafe to drink earlier this month — are fighting rumors that water problems persist.
The Blade newspaper reports that the rumors of another “do not drink” advisory became so persistent on Thursday that the city issued a statement asking residents not to panic.
As the city was issuing the statement, residents were busy buying up bottled water at grocery stores. One man buying four cases at a Kroger store said he’d gotten a text about a pending “do not drink” advisory and also saw “random things on Facebook.”
About 400,000 people were left without clean tap water Aug. 2 to Aug 4 when toxins produced by the algae got into the city’s water supply.