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Michael Patrick Shiels
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Tuesday, 05 August 2014 4:50PM

Algae That Plagued Toledo Drinking Water Not Likely Here

Is the algae bloom that sent toxins into the drinking water in Toledo and part of southeast Michigan a threat in our area? We asked that of Greg Alimenti, the Water Treatment Plant superintendent for the city of St. Joseph.


St. Joseph's water intake is under roughly 36 feet of water and is 4,500 feet off shore. The algae that produced toxins rendering Toledo's water unusable for several days bloomed in shallower water with more sunlight.


A main cause of the problem in Lake Erie is runoff from farms in the area, and that feeds the algae.


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