Officials say local water protected by treatment

Water faucet. (WDTN Photo)
Water faucet. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County environmental officials told 2 NEWS the problems in Toledo most likely would not happen locally in the region.

They said often this is due to minimal to no algae growth in local bodies of water.

Miami Valley has one of the largest and cleanest sources for underground water.

The aquifer holds about 1.5 trillion gallons of water.

2 NEWS wanted to know how environmental officials keep all the water safe; officials said the western and eastern regional waste water plants use EPA standards to treat water.

They also said while Toledo’s problem with algae is unlikely in Montgomery County, other concerns do exist.

“The Miami Aquifer is very easily influenced by surface water contamination and we have what’s called a ‘source water protection plan’ here that’s spearheaded by the City of Dayton and their water department and what that does is it protects against industrial spills and pollution and our service water that could trickle down into our aquifer,” Brianna Wooten said.

Wooten, a communications coordinator with the environmental services department, said the city and county have working jointly to avoid disasters or issues like those similar to Toledo.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé also spoke with Senator Rob Portman (R- OH) Monday afternoon via a phone press conference.

He said a huge effort must be made to ensure all drinking water across Ohio is healthy and safe.

When asked, “What in particular would you need to see happen to prevent this from occurring again, whether it’s in Toledo or Dayton, Ohio?” The senator said,  “It’s an issue of where there still is a lot of science that needs to be done. But these harmful algae blooms have increased. I think that’s fair to say, part of it is the weather– the warming of the water. Part of it is more nutrients in the water. Some of those nutrients are coming in to Lake Erie and reducing them, we believe, would be very helpful.”

Senator Portman also said that facilities in Ohio must properly maintain and treat their water.

For Montgomery County, officials said they will work with the EPA to make sure drinking remains free of toxins and dangerous items.

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