Sandusky water is safe

Harmful algal bloom isolated in western Lake Erie at this time
Aug 3, 2014


Update, 2:45 p.m. —

The city of Sandusky has stepped up water quality testing at its water filter plant in reaction to the news that Toledo residents have been asked not to drink the city's water because of algal bloom toxins. 

Doug Keller, Sandusky's water superintendent, said Saturday that testing will now be done once a day.

Here's the text of his announcement: 

"The City of Sandusky has been monitoring the toxin situation in Lake Erie very carefully. The toxin testing so far this year has shown no toxin in Sandusky's drinking water. Because of the toxin event that has affected Toledo we plan to test each day until the toxin event is over. The public will be notified of the test results as soon as possible."

Update, 2:30 p.m —

City manager Eric Wobser tweeted the following information a little after 1 p.m, today:

"Sandusky Water Update: tests show no trace of toxins in Sandusky water. We will test daily for now & provide updates on any status changes."

Sandusky residents on the Register's Facebook page have said most local stores are nearly or entirely out of bottled water.

Update, 1 p.m. —

City manager Eric Wobser tweeted the following information earlier today:

"Sandusky tests weekly for toxins identified in Toledo's water & no signs. Currently testing but problem seems isolated to western basin."

Original post, 12:30 p.m. —

Sandusky residents can drink up — the water is fine, at least for now.

Toledo-area water recently tested positive for elevated levels of microcystin, a byproduct of certain algae species as they are oxidized during treatment.

As a result, Breeann Hohman, watershed coordinator for the Erie Soil and Water Conservation District, said she's been fielding questions all day regarding the quality of Sandusky-area water.

At this time, Sandusky residents needn't fret.

The harmful Lake Erie algal bloom causing the problem is isolated in Lake Erie's western basin, based on reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Some people are prematurely panicking and thinking the water isn't safe," Hohman said. "That's not to say, down the line, we couldn't potentially be in an area with an algal bloom. But at this time, Sandusky's water is safe."

Some local stores have already begun limiting the amount of bottled water customers can purchase today as a precautionary measure.



Hopefully it stays that way.

Licorice Schtick

With the Toledo situation, you can see the folly of relying on commercial bottled water. New plastic bottles poison the water that's in them, anyway. Install a nice carbon filter in your house, get some stainless steel bottles (used juice bottle work well, too) and relax.

Then, ask your state and federal elected officials for stronger air and water pollution regulations. Conservatives complain about regulations generally and the EPA in particular, but when they get their way, it's devastating. With them in charge, you get only the health and safety you can pay for, and it gets really expensive when pollution with impunity is allowed.

The Big Dog's back

Safe....... for now.


Did not see this coming.

Truth or Dare

Sorry, all you need to do is drive over Edison Bridge, heading east or west, or stand at the foot of any street on the west end and you'll see GREEN! Of course after the rain we just had, I'm sure it's pretty brown now.


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Our water smells fishy


Quit smellin it!!

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The Hero Zone

Mouth: Is this supposed to be water?
Mama Fratelli: It's wet, ain't it? Drink it!
Goonies (1985)

Truth or Dare

Catch Marcy Kaptur live on Toledo 11, see what she has to say about it all. They're bringing water in from all over the state of Ohio, but we're not to panic. I'm not panicking, but I'm also not drinking the tap water and have warned my family the same.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.


Dihydrogen monoxide = H2O = water.....


The DHMO is nonsense. The chemical name for water is Oxidane.


Thus my point.... It proves that a little Internet knowledge is a dangerous thing....

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The Hero Zone

It was supposed to be humor.


Shoot! I apologize! I did wonder if you were joking, but the link threw me off. Again, my bad......

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The Hero Zone

I suppose I usually do indicate if I am being sarcastic and didn't overtly do so here. You're fine. I figured the link was the "proof" of the sarcasm that, as was pointed out, scientific/ecological terminology can be used as scare tactics to those who don't know better. It's a cautionary tale with a comedic twist. It also casts water in an interesting light we don't often consider.

Then again, too, it's interesting that as a species we squirt air through our meat to communicate.

Licorice Schtick

Satire is just trolling for idiots.

The Big Dog's back


Microcystins are a group of cyclic heptapeptide (7 amino acids) hepatotoxins (liver toxins) produced by a number of cyanobacterial genera, the most notable of which is the widespread Microcystis from which the toxins take their name. Microcystins have been reported in this organism and other cyanobacteria world- wide. There have been approximately 60 different microcystins identified to date.

Microcystins consist of a seven-membered peptide ring which is made up of five non-protein amino acids and two protein amino acids. It is these two protein amino acids that distinguish microcystins from one another, while the other amino acids are more or less constant between variant microcystins. Using amino acid single letter code nomenclature, each microcystin is designated a name depending on the variable amino acids which complete their structure. The most common and potently toxic microcystin-LR contains the amino acids Leucine (L) and Arginine (R) in these variable positions.

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Now you're thinkin' with science!

A song in celebration:

Licorice Schtick

It's the weekend folks and most everybody in Sandusky drinks beer.


All bacteria produces produces toxins, that's what makes you ill.
If the algae doesn't kill you Ebola will, good friend lives in Kentucky now retired CDC in Atlanta says bringing Ebola here makes him nervous, the CDC has been dying to prove themselves since the f up with AIDS.

Licorice Schtick

In the U.S. alone, over 30,000 people die in crashes each year. Are you worried about driving?

Really are you ...

Where are these toxic algae blooms coming from? Farmers fields runoff? Or government dumps, to force people to buy bottle water? So the government can see the publics response to not be able to drink water from the nearest most abundant water supply. Heck, let China drag that water back to China. But that depends on which fresh water aqua ducts they are obtaining it from. Anyways, is Deer Park bottle water contaminated? Just saying. Really? Do not bathe in this stuff either. It is toxic. I remember previous years algae blooms. The extent of those were beaches closings. Not this new one. Can't even boil the algae out. Really? Glad this stuff wasn't on survivor. All the castaways would die. Tv rating would be down because of the short season. But then the tv station would have to change the name to sole survivor. This season on Survivor Great Lakes, which castaway can survive the Algae blooms of Lake Erie? Who will be drugged in Put In Bay? Who will be shot in gang related activity in Sandusky? Who will get injured on one of the rides at the number 1 rated amusement park? We will find out on this seasons survivor Great Lakes.

Don't eat the fish, they swim in this algae.




Seriously tho, what about perch or walleye caught in the lake? Will it be safe to eat?

The Bizness

Yes, a couple years ago when the big bloom happened they tested fish flesh and no toxins were detected,


There needs to be a way to make this algae edible for humans. What a way to help two problems!


So lucky to have my own water supply with out Ag run-off. Great basic stuff.


A quick Google search of CAFO and Lenawee County and this link in particular may offer some insight as to the main problem.

Ralph J.

How much raw or partially treated sewage is the Detroit area dumping into the river?

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In the first seven months of 2011 the Detroit wastewater plant dumped nearly 30 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into Lake Erie.

The problem is Detroit's sewer system also handles rain run-off (storm water) and when it rains a good bit, the system overflows into the lake to prevent the sewers from backing up into homes and businesses. Precipitation levels in the Detroit area dictate how much poo is let go into the lake.

Detroit is definitely violating the federal Fisheries Act. It is unfortunate that democratic leaders like to deflect the blame to agricultural runoff.


Sickening. The number of diseases that are carried in this run off make me nauseated.
Thanks DEMOCRATS for polluting our water!


Unregulated republican conservatism has gotten us into this quandary. Just let anything happen! No holds barred!


Why is the water only tested once a week? Shouldn't it be tested at least once a day? If you want safe water how can we rely on tests that are 6 days old when water is consumed every second of every day. Get your act together and test the water more often!

Dwight K.

With what's happening every day in town shows that there actually is something in the water and it ain't algal.....

Licorice Schtick

How's that different from the rest of the country?


Hey...we all know that the government would never lie to the public, right??? Oh right. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!



Really are you ...

So if you drink this toxic algae water, you do what? Vomit, diarrhea, and what else? The fish of the Western Lake Erie Basin, nothing happens to them. Right? What about the seagulls? Will the seagulls be dropping more waste bombs as they fly overhead? They can't vomit. Right? Eating the fish does nothing. What if the birds land in it, take a green algae drink (it isn't Obama cool aid), or ruffle their feathers and bathe in it. So we people of Northern Ohio will have to allocate extra money for bottled water and extra car washes. Unless of course you don't mind natures camoflage.

Licorice Schtick

Tap water here is pretty safe. Bottled water is contaminated by plastic. People who buy water in plastic bottles are money-wasting suckers. There's no assurance that spring water is safer, and half the time, it's just filtered city water, anyway. Used plastic bottles are safer than new ones. Get a nice stainless steel water bottle, and a nice under-the-sink carbon filter with a separate tap.


I am not going to drink tap water. I am going outside and use my hose.

The Big Dog's back

Smart thinkin'.


Here could be an argument for people to harvest from their house roofs (cistern) & have a reverse osmosis system or reasonable facsimile. Most dwelling in Ohio generate usually more than enough water for two or more people & their lifestyles. (A country mentality-no watering the yard/washing cars, etc.)


Feeling that the algae is coming our way, don't you feel that testing should be done more than once a day?


I like algae


I've had diarrhea for what seems like years. Maybe it's because of the water.


There's an old saying " Don't s**t where you eat & sleep ".