Ohio EPA Awards State’s First Grants for Cyanobacteria Testing Equipment

The Ohio EPA has awards three grants to purchase Cyanobacteria testing equipment for drinking water plants.

The Ohio EPA has awards three grants to purchase cyanobacteria testing equipment for drinking water plants. Cyanotoxins can form during harmful algal blooms on bodies of water, such as reservoirs and lakes. Because the toxins can be unsafe for those who consume the water that contains the bacteria, several communities are now sampling both raw and treated water for cyanotoxins. Huron, Norwalk, and Avon Lake are the three recipients of the grants.

“Avon Lake is one of 23 public water systems that use Lake Erie as their source water. The city recognizes the need to watch lake conditions for harmful algal blooms and be proactive in monitoring its drinking water for the toxins the blooms can produce,” Ohio EPA Director Butler said. “We encourage other communities to take advantage of this funding.”

“Norwalk was the first community in the state to apply for a grant to purchase the equipment when the funding was announced in August,” Butler said about the other recipients. “Huron is one of 23 public water systems that use Lake Erie as their source water. The city recognizes the need to watch lake conditions for harmful algal blooms and be proactive in monitoring its drinking water for toxins the blooms can produce.”

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