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.