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Derek Shepherd

Don't Take Your Water For Granted, Kids.

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We're going on 36 hours with no water in my city. Over 400,000 people are affected with no running water due to toxins. Nobody knows how long this will last. We could get the all clear to drink water again by 5 p.m. or we might not have running water until the fall. We're basically at the mercy of Mother Nature, according to the news.


 


It's scary stuff, and a reminder to never take your water for granted. 


 


https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/495721155534520320


 


What happened:


 


Lake Erie, which is a source of drinking water for the Toledo water system may have been impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB). These organisms are capable of producing a number of toxins that may pose a risk to human and animal health. HABs occur when excess nitrogen and phosphorus are present in lakes and streams.  Such nutrients can come from runoff of over-fertilized fields and lawns, from malfunctioning septic systems and from livestock pens.


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