Toxic algae is blooming more often in our lakes, reservoirs. Does that threaten our drinking water?

For the first time in the city’s history, an unsafe amount of a dangerous algae toxin had been detected in its drinking water supply.

“We need to take action right now,” Public Utilities Director Ed Moore recalled saying when the city ordered customers not to drink, shower, brush their teeth or wash dishes with the tap water coming from their faucets.

The “do not drink” advisory lasted for three and a half days and forced more than 500,000 residents to rely on bottled water as officials tinkered with their water treatment process to ensure any toxins coming into the plant from algae-infested Lake Erie were destroyed.