When the officials in Toledo said that water was unsafe to drink or bath with earlier this month, more than five hundred thousand residents were inconvenienced.
It was also a rude wake up call to residents of other cities in United States that water pollution or contamination can affect the lives of people as well as rivers, lakes and a wide range of other aquatic resources.
But the question is whether the authorities will take the necessary action and improve the quality of water in the country. The problems which made news in Toledo are a problem for every water authority in the United States.
According to an official from Des Moines, if the right circumstances were to occur, the largest area in Iowa’s metro area would be dealing with the same situation.
“It’s time for the affected regions as well as the entire nation to take the necessary action and commit them to meaningful action.
Toledo gets its drinking water from Lake Erie which suffers regularly from flumes of algae because of too much nutrients which flows into the lake from the neighboring farms, industrial sewage and sewage wastes.
It seems that the plumes that erupted in Lake Erie settled at the point where Toledo’s water intake pipes are located hence causing diarrhea, liver problems and vomiting.
Drinking water ban lifted
The ban which had been imposed on Toledo’s water was lifted last week, but there is no possibility of the algae plumes going away anytime soon.
The New York Times reports that unless the quality of water improved, the problem that affected the people of Toledo would most likely affect more than 11 million other people who reside around the lake.
“The plumes can accumulate and cause death of organisms which live in water bodies. To reduce the impact which this kind of problem has, federal regulators will have to devise policies and also ask the factories and farms for compliance,” says Angela Morris.
In other news, a series of meetings have been planned to discuss the quality of water in Iowa.
The first of these meetings will take place next month, according to Rochelle Weiss who is the coordinator of water quality standards at the department of natural resources in Iowa.
Weiss extends invitations to all Iowans who would like to provide feedback or take part in the discussion during these meetings.
The first meeting takes place in Atlantic and Spencer on 3rd September, followed by hearings in Washington on 4th September. Residents of Independence and ClearLake will have their sittings on 9th September.