Water Worries: Toledo Scare Raises Texas Tap Questions

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TOLEDO, OH – Try to imagine a day without water. Not a drop to brush your teeth, wash dishes or cook dinner.

Well, for 48-hours, that was the case folks in Toledo, Ohio. More than 400,000 people were told not to use their water because it was contaminated.

Blooms of green algae are producing microcystin. Drinking it can cause a slew of flu-like symptoms and serious liver problems.

Well, it’s a good thing we’ll never have to deal with this in Texas, right?

Apparently, the Texas Tribune discovered that Texas isn’t required to test the water. As is turns out, no state is.

Voluntary tests at a water treatment plant in Toledo uncovered the algae issue. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are “no federal or state standards for acceptable levels of the toxins,” regardless of how deadly these toxins can be.


With no tests in Texas, what does that mean about the water we’re drinking and using every day? Who knows?

Pass the Perrier please.