Water contaminating algae appears over

The City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo's water supply, the mayor said Sunday, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
FILE The City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo's water supply, the mayor said Sunday, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An expert says the worst of the Lake Erie algae that contaminated Toledo’s water supply earlier this summer appears to be over.

Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University Stone Laboratory director, says that although western Lake Erie will have algae floating through October, the odds of toxins becoming strong enough to affect the city’s water intake again are fading more every day.

Reutter, speaking Monday at an Ohio Farmers Union gathering in Toledo, says “we’re at a point now where the 2014 bloom is starting to wind down,” according to The Blade newspaper.

Toledo was forced to issue a do-not-drink advisory for 400,000 people Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 after toxins from algae on the lake contaminated the water supply.

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