TOLEDO, Ohio (WXIA) -- The ban on drinking city water in Toledo, Ohio, was lifted Monday morning.
City and suburban residents were advised early Saturday not to drink, boil or shower in water from their taps. Residents were told not to allow pets to consume the water either.
The traditional method of boiling water to make it safe would, according to officials, actually make the situation worse.
The alert was due to a possible "algae bloom" in the waters of Lake Erie, which would make the water harmful for humans or animals to consume.
The city posted an alert on its Facebook page:
URGENT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF TOLEDO & LUCAS COUNTY WHO RECEIVE WATER FROM THE CITY OF TOLEDO
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER
DO NOT BOIL THE WATER
Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended "DO NOT DRINK" 1 micro-gram per liter standard. This notice applies to ALL customers of Toledo water.
Most importantly, water should not be consumed until an all clear is issued. It is important to state that this drinking water alert does NOT recommend boiling, and in fact, boiling water can worsen the situation. Water should not be given to pets.