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Algae bloom causes rotten-tasting water

Associated Press • Feb 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

The problems were caused by a mysterious toxic algae bloom in Hoover Reservoir, which serves 500,000 city water customers.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the city had gotten more than 1,700 complaints about the smell and taste of its drinking water because of the algae.

Matt Steele, Columbus’ water supply and treatment coordinator, said the bloom is a mystery, as toxic algae is usually a summertime problem.

Toledo spent $3 million last summer to keep Lake Erie’s toxic algae out of the city’s drinking water.


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