DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE) A recreational public health advisory remains in effect for the Maumee River in Defiance County, Ohio until June 14 because of toxic algae blooms in the water. The advisory was first issued on Friday, June 3 after the Defiance County General Health District got word from the Ohio Department of Health that the algae had been found in the river near the water treatment plant.
A test taken on Tuesday, June 7 came back negative, however a second negative test must be confirmed before the advisory can be lifted. That second test will be completed June 14.
The water from the treatment plant has been tested and is safe to drink according to Adam McDowell, superintendent of the Defiance City Water Treatment Plant. The drinking water supply comes from a reservoir, not the river.
Anyone who comes in contact with water from the Maumee River should rinse their skin immediately. Symptoms of exposure to a harmful algal bloom include: rash, hives, blisters, severe diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If you have had had contact with water in the Maumee River and are displaying these symptoms seek medical care from your doctor or urgent care.
Swimming and wading in the Maumee River is not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets. Signs are posted on Maumee River access points notifying the public of the advisory.