Toledo, Ohio Officials Lift the Ban on Drinking Water

Water supply that was contaminated by green algae now cleared to use.
1:53 | 08/04/14

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To the health scare that left hundreds of thousands of people without water for days in parts of two states there water contaminated by green sludge. Tonight they're drinking the water again but it comes as experts tell us they're not the only communities dealing with us up to forty states ripe for outbreaks so what is this. ABC's Lindsay Janice Wright there tonight. Tonight the people of Toledo. Their taps and drank the water for the first time in more than fifty hours he's got. It -- Scott washing dishes even brushing their teeth without having to worry about getting sick. My appreciation for water has jumped tenfold. -- never realized. How much water and that I used during the day a state of emergency in place since Saturday when 400000. Residents were ordered not to drink the water -- water resume that mayor now trying to EB years. Today we headed out to see the chief culprits these massive algae blooms on Lake Erie. The suspected source of those toxins in the water based. Green sludge is the harmful algae -- Lake Erie and it's not just here it's -- lakes across the country according to the National Wildlife Federation. Forty states across the nation have reported back with. Outbreaks of toxic algae. It's being caused by a farm runoff human sewage that's being released from storm water from cities. And it's made worse by climate change. Greater pretty the rain and snow is falling. Experts say new farming techniques are needed to keep fertilizer on the field and not spilling into the water supply. David the residents we've spoken with say this water crisis has been a huge wake up call. In the meantime it looks like they're gonna get some rain to help break up that algae. If it and that is welcome news Lindsay thank you tonight.

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