Toxic Algae Unlikely in IL Drinking Water

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The toxin-producing algae that tainted drinking water around Toledo, Ohio, last week isn’t likely to pose a similar problem in Illinois, but state officials are still watching out for it.

Kim Biggs of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says the state started a program last year to test water when algae blooms are reported. The program was created to protect keep water safe.

As part of the program, anyone can complete and submit a bloom report form for review by the agency’s staff.

Biggs says blue-green algae, the source of the problem in Lake Erie, hasn’t been a big concern in Lake Michigan in recent years. That’s mostly because Lake Erie is shallower and warmer than Lake Michigan, making it more prone to algae.

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