The Ohio water crisis

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
The Ohio water crisis
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 9:00am

I'd be completely pissed if I lived in Ohio right now in the city where you can't use the water. I think someone needs to investigate how on earth this happened. It's not like that algae bloom happened overnight. Why wasn't it caught sooner???

I just wanted to vent my opinion since this is a problem that could occur anywhere. I hope other officials wake up and take a good look at their water supply.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 12:01pm

The algae bloom could have happened "overnight", it reproduces very quickly. They know the background on why it happened, runoff containing fertilizers that feed the algae. You get the right environmental conditions and the bloom increases. Its a fact of life when you're using a lake for your drinking water source. So yes, it could occur anywhere, and sometimes does, and water departments are constantly testing the water for that reason.

If I lived there I would be annoyed but not outraged. Potable water is a big problem worldwide and many people deal with this type of issue and worse on a daily basis. 

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 3:57pm

I own a pool, algae blooms SUPER fast. Overnight, in a few short hours - yep. 

I'd be mad, more because of an inconvenience, but we don't drink tap water anyway, so it probably wouldn't have even been an issue for us.  (We're well water so we don't drink it.)


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Tue, 08-05-2014 - 11:09am

I saw on CNN that this didn't happen overnight and there is an investigation as to why it went unchecked so long. I'd be pretty angry at whoever was in charge too if I lived there and found out that there could have been some kind of warning but someone dropped the ball.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 08-05-2014 - 12:08pm

Of course it didn't happen over night.  It's been happening for YEARS in Lake Erie, and in shallow, warm, oxy-poor lakes across the nation.  It is caused by phosphorus.. You put phosphorus on your garden, flowers grow.  You put it on your farm, corn and oranges grow.  YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER, ALGE GROWS.   The phosphorus in the water comes from from fertilizer, and manure from massive cattle feedlots, running into the water.  The EPA has been trying to do something for YEARS, but has been shut down by Republicans motivated by the powerful lobbies of the farmimg, agriculture and fertilizer industries.  Exisiting federal clean water laws have been gutted by the conservative Supreme Court. 

There is no one to blame but themselves. Ohioans elected a Republican governer and legislature.  "Be careful what you wish for!"