2017 Harmful Algal Bloom Customer Information

The District provides treated water from five different water sources including Lake Erie, the Maumee River and smaller streams.  This year, along with the water treatment facilities, The District is monitoring harmful algal blooms (HABs) in all of our water sources.  

NOAA forecasters are predicting a significant bloom this season.  Toxic algae has NOT been detected in our drinking water, however small amounts of microcystin have been detected in raw water samples collected from the western Lake Erie Basin.

District Customers using Lake Erie as a Water Source:

Approximately, 6,500 customers are supplied with Lake Erie water treated by City of Toledo (Rossford, Perrysburg Township, Walbridge, Lake Township and the western portions of Northwood). 

Approximately 3,000 customers are supplied with Lake Erie water treated by the City of Oregon (Oregon, Millbury, and eastern portions of Northwood). 

Our remaining water customers get their water from rivers and streams.  

The District does not expect a repeat of the 2014 water crises.  

If you are concerned about HABs:

  1. Know where your water comes from. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!  
  2. Sign up for emergency notifications.  In Wood County offers CODE Red emergency notification.  Sign up or be sure your information is updated. 
  3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends you keep a supply of water for all types of disaster.  LIST OF ITEMS FOR EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT