America’s 67th largest city is without clean water.
The Elephant in the room
The number one cause of fresh water pollution in the United States is agricultural runoff. Animal manure and fertilizers contain high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. When that waste enters fresh water systems, the natural levels are thrown out of whack. The excess nitrogen and phosphorus can cause a harmful algal bloom (HAB). According to an Ohio news source, a HAB is capable of producing a number of toxins that may pose a risk to human and animal health.
Trouble in Lake Erie
This is exactly what happened in Toledo, Ohio and surrounding areas. Their water has been contaminated and it is now unsafe for drinking and for the sick to bathe in. Boiling the water won’t make it safe, neither will filtering it. The state’s governor has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.
The only good that can come of this is if Americans hold Big Agro, who wants to side-step the Clean Water Act, accountable. If we do not do that, our towns may also be left without water to drink.