Could a Toledo-Like Outbreak Occur to Fort Wayne's Water Supply? (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

August 4, 2014 Updated Aug 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - On Monday, the mayor of Toledo announced it is once again safe to drink tap water after algae blossoms made it dangerous to do so the past three days.

So just how likely is something like this to happen in Fort Wayne?

Officials with City Utilities tell NBC33 that how Fort Wayne gets its water likely prevents it from running into a similar problem. Fort Wayne gets its water from the St. Joseph River, and not a stationary lake such as Lake Erie, so the river's current breaks up the algae blossoms before they have a chance to bloom.

Despite this, City Utilities still undergoes a rigorous testing schedule.

For more on this story and to hear from Frank Suarez with City Utilities, click on the video link.




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