Toledo Zoo using own water amid Lake Erie toxin

A sample glass of Lake Erie water is photographed near the City of Toledo water intake crib, 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)
A sample glass of Lake Erie water is photographed near the City of Toledo water intake crib, 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) — The Toledo Zoo says it’s using its own water reserves for the animals as drinking water for some 400,000 people in the region remains off limits because of toxins in Lake Erie.

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The zoo says none of the animals has shown any signs of sickness but zookeepers are monitoring them. Flamingos are the only animals taken off exhibit Sunday as a precaution.

Officials say zoo restaurants and concession stands were closed and drinking fountains were shut off. The zoo’s restrooms were open, but hand sanitizes were available if visitors preferred not to wash their hands in the sinks.

The advisory has affected residents in and around Toledo, including parts of Michigan. The National Guard and other groups are helping distribute water brought in from elsewhere.

 

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