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Western New York side of Lake Erie free of toxin that disrupted water supply in Toledo, Ohio

Testing of Lake Erie this week by the Erie County Health Department revealed water free of microcystin, a toxin released from some algae blooms.

The toxin caused disruption to the water supply in Toledo, Ohio, last weekend.

“Erie County residents and all Western New Yorkers can rest easier knowing that microcystin is not a cause for concern locally, and that it is safe to drink our water, go to our beaches, and enjoy Lake Erie as we should,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, in a prepared statement Friday.

The county Health Department, in collaboration with the state Department of Health, conducted tests on water samples collected from 12 sites in Erie County with results confirming that the microcystin toxin is not present in detectable levels in local waters. Abnormally high levels of the toxin were detected last weekend near Toledo’s Lake Erie water intakes, prompting the local testing.