TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Officials in Toledo, where a Lake Erie algae bloom made the city’s tap water unsafe to drink earlier this month, are fighting rumors that water problems persist.
The Blade newspaper reports that the rumors of another “do not drink” advisory became so persistent on Thursday that the city issued a statement asking residents not to panic.
As the city was issuing the statement, residents were busy buying up bottled water at grocery stores. One man buying four cases at a Kroger store said he’d gotten a text about a pending “do not drink” advisory and also saw “random things on Facebook.”
About 400,000 people were left without clean tap water Aug. 2 to Aug 4 when toxins produced by the algae got into the city’s water supply.