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Sandusky water still safe

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 4, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Sandusky's major grocery stores still appear to be restocking their bottled and jugged water supplies.

An onslaught of shoppers purchasing water for western Ohio residents has likely prompted the regional shortage.

Water in the Toledo area has been undrinkable for two straight days, after toxins from a Lake Erie algal bloom entered one of the city's water treatment plants.

The toxic contamination hasn't impacted Sandusky or its surrounding areas, but that hasn't stopped local individuals from stocking up.

The Register called Kroger, Meijer and Walmart in Perkins Township at about 11 p.m. Sunday to check on their bottled water supplies.

A Meijer employee said water is still available, but a Kroger employee said she believed the store's shelves were still empty. 

A Walmart employee simply said their supply is still "going fast."

It appears most stores are still limiting the number of bottles shoppers can purchase at one time, based on responses from the employees.

None of the shoreline cities in the Register's coverage area provided any updates Sunday about the condition of their water supplies, which have been tested regularly since Saturday's announcements in Toledo.

The silence means all tests have come back OK, and local water is still safe to drink.

The Register will continue to provide updates at sanduskyregister.com about any changes to local water supplies.

Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency for Fulton, Lucas and Wood counties, and no official statement has been made on when water in those areas could be safe to drink again.

Drinking the contaminated Toledo-area water can cause liver damage, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, according to reports from the Associated Press.

It is safe to wash hands or shower in it, but it cannot be given to pets or used in any food preparation.

Additionally, the water cannot be boiled to remove the toxins, called microcystins, because heating the water actually makes them more harmful.

Click here for all stories about Ohio's water crisis.

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