Algae infiltrates Huron water supply

HURON A "major algae event" was experienced at the water plant during the past 24 hours as a result of the high temperatures of the lake water, Huron city announced.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 21, 2010

 

HURON

A "major algae event" was experienced at the water plant during the past 24 hours as a result of the high temperatures of the lake water, Huron city announced.

According to the city's notice, the raw water entering the plant’s intake has been treated with an increased level of chlorine to combat the algae build up in the lake.  As a result, residential and commercial water customers may see a yellow tint in the water in their homes and businesses. 

The water is safe to drink and the matter has been reported to the Ohio EPA, and no regulations have been violated.

The condition exists throughout the entire distribution grid but is diminishing at the plant now. 

It should work its way through the distribution system during the next 24 to 48 hours. 

If you have questions, call the water superintendent at 419-433-9502. 

 

Comments

eriemom

"major algae event"

Increased algae in Lake Erie is caused by increased nutrients. This point pollution comes from fertilizer run off from golf courses and farms, animal waste run off, and sewage overflow at sanitation plants during major rain events. Some species of algae have toxic blooms--see St. Mary's Grand Lake problem. Huge algae blooms in Lake Erie eventually die, sink to the bottom, decompose using all available oxygen, and cause "dead zones." Fish literally passing through die, compounding the problem.

The nutrients need to be available for the organism to reproduce, in any temperature. Go ahead. Drink that yellow water while fertilizing your lawn.