Cops: Norwalk water is OK

Norwalk stores see customers drain bottled water supply.
Cary Ashby
Aug 3, 2014


Authorities are assuring Norwalk-area residents that their water supply isn't being impacted by the situation in Toledo.

"The city of Norwalk water comes from our reservoir system and is in no way affected by the current algae issues being reported in the Toledo area with Lake Erie. There is absolutely no need to be concerned about our water supply here in the city," the Norwalk Police Department posted on its Facebook page Saturday.

Water at a Toledo treatment plant tested positive for a toxin on Saturday, leading the governor to declare a state of emergency in three counties. A do-not-drink order went out to 500,000 Ohioans.

News of the contaminated water spread quickly, sending many of Toledo's 280,000 residents flocking to Toledo shopping areas, neighboring cities and in some cases, north to Michigan, in search of fresh water.

Local Rite Aid manager Linda Collins said the store sold 100 cases of water Saturday.

"The people were saying they were buying it mostly for friends and relatives who live in Toledo," she said about the Rite Aid purchases.

Rite Aid sold out of its least expensive water and as of Sunday afternoon, only the higher-priced water was left, Collins said. Rite Aid won't be getting another shipment this week.

Some stores in Norwalk put limits on the amount of bottled water shoppers could purchase.

Norwalk's Walmart sold out of its bottled water on Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, state officials warned residents in Toledo and surrounding areas not to drink, or even boil, the water tainted with microcystin, a toxin possibly caused by an algae bloom in Lake Erie that can cause nausea and impair liver function. While the chemical is rarely fatal to humans and more likely to kill animals and plant life, officials said residents of the affected counties should use the water only to bathe or wash their hands.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for residents of Lucas, Wood and Fulton counties early Saturday.

Carol Hester, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said Sunday that water samples from the Collins Water Treatment Plant had been sent to three different labs and the state was still waiting for some of the results.

"We are awaiting results from all of those locations to be able to look at them all together as a whole and discuss with the technical experts what the results are and how to move forward," she said.

Toledo's mayor said Sunday that the city was awaiting the results of new tests on the water. "This is not over yet," he said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: James Queally of the Los Angeles Times (MCT) contributed to this story.



If the algae bloom drifts East, will it affect the Northern Ohio Rural Water supplies? Lots of people around Norwalk get their water from them.

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I'm wondering the same. I get my water from them. Where do they get their water? I looked it up, and this is what is on their website:

Where does your water come from?
Northern Ohio Rural Water purchases water from the City of Elyria Water Works, the City of Sandusky Big Island Water Treatment Plant, Rural Lorain County Water Authority, City of Lorain Water Works, and the Village of New London.


Red Tide is forming in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm going to go stock up on seafood just in case.

I Can Read

I drank some water in Toledo Saturday by accident. Besides bubble gum colored skies and a euphoric feeling of happiness I felt fine.


...let's bottle it and sell it, mon...


Four out of five sources of water for NORW come from Lake Erie. All from the much shallower western half of the lake. When industrial waste began to threaten our lake and rivers, the danger was recognized and polluters were dealt with. The crisis in Toledo should serve as an example of the kind of damage that runoff from industrial farming can cause. We can't afford to view our rivers and lake as resources which don't require protection. The availability of cheap corn sweeteners and soy substitute products won't seem so important when we don't have abundant clean water.

Cliff Cannon

Whoopball : You deserve a standing ovation for this intelligent observation in my view point

I Can Read

Lorain and Elyria are hardly in the western half of Lake Erie.... Seriously, is Cleveland in the western half also?


You may want to look at a map. In case you were unaware, Lake Erie goes all the way to Buffalo, NY. And yes, Cleveland is in the Western half of the lake

I Can Read

Sandusky to Erie PA are in the central basin. Not sure what map your using. So your earlier post that impressed Mr. Cannon is bogus!!! No water used by NORW comes from the western basin!!!! The End, period!!!!!! Your Wrong


Just learned Toledo dumps millions of gallons of untreated sewage in the lake, after collecting taxes for 12 years to pay for stopping it. There's probably the biggest reason for this mess, they're trying to drink their sewage.

Cliff Cannon

@ I Can Read : Please " include me out " ( Yogi Berra ) of any argument regarding west/east/north/south in Lake Erie. That just doesn't matter to me.

What so impressed me in Whoopball's commentary is the understanding of the disaster. ( The crisis in Toledo should serve as an example of the kind of damage that runoff from industrial farming can cause " ) Then the desire to do something ( " We can't afford to view our rivers and lake as resources which don't require protection " )
As we all know the world is in deep do-do regarding clean water and it is getting worse daily. The Great Lakes besides being one of the wonders of the world. Are also one giant drainage system as of course rivers connect them all as they descend to the sea. (With the Soo Locks & Niagara Falls being the most visual reminders of that.)So Lake Erie gets more than it's fair share of pollutants from our western/northern neighbors.

Obviously, no one in my view point should be opposed to helping preserve ,protect and defend the Great Lakes to the best of their ability's. ( And I did not think for a moment. That you are opposed to that great goal ) So the question is " How do we help " ? Education, like Whoopballs' comment is a helpful start, is it not ?

Then what really caught my eye was this : " The availability of cheap corn sweeteners and soy substitute products.... " This shows a very good understanding of why Americans are getting more cancers today than ever ( Cancer's favorite food is sugar products) as well as becoming so obese. ( Hydrogenated soy oil, corn syrup's in processed foods and not working their butt's off. Yet, that is another topic)

So yeah, I was very impressed. However, I left out this draconian, very scary statement. How do you change mankind's food path ?

As well know without the chemicals sprayed upon our fields crop yields would wither as fields no longer lie fallow to regenerate and the land like a junkie has become dependent on these pesticdes,herbicides. ( 'cide' is the Latin word for death )

Today, there are roughly 1 billion very hungry people on the planet,while 250,000 mostly children will die of starvation. So obviously, American food production is crucial and man's ability to change that production seems to this observer to be limited.

So a planet built to accommodate about 4 billion people, now has 7.2 billion on it with that number rapidly growing. While Mother Nature is telling us loud and clear ;'you need to change'

The real question is can we change fast enough or far enough to keep her from saddling up the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.

I Can Read

Mr. Cannon, my apologies for any offense I may have caused including your name in my earlier post. You complimented the entire post not just the field runoff.
I am aware of all the damage field runoff has on out Great Lakes and all inland bodies of water. I'm sure you remember the problems we had in the 50's 60's and 70's with water pollution and field runoff damage. Look how long recovery takes, how often do we see a bald eagle? It has taken decades for the grand birds recovery and we still rarely see them.
I love the Great Lakes, probably more so than most. I have travelled all the way around each one(yes it took a long time), 3 weeks each for the 3 big ones and 2 weeks each for 2 small ones. I am very distressed at all the wrong things happening on the lakes, not just runoff from fields of pre-corn syrup. It's the foreign ballast water that is the biggest risk in my opinion and over fishing is a problem also. In conclusion, the Great Lakes have many problems to deal with constantly and I take offense when someone decides to remap Lake Erie's basins to include our local rule water into the troubled area to try and cause a stir and scare people.

Cliff Cannon

I Can Read : No apology's necessary. I really think we are 'birds of a feather' when it comes to loving those incredible lakes and as such I truly enjoyed your commentary here. Then wish us all well in our efforts to help those gift's from God.

P.S. Where do you stand in the " How many Great Lakes are there " debate ? I agree with the marine biologists who say that Michigan and Huron are the same lake as we all know no river separate's them. which would leave 4 great lakes. However, I also support those who think Lake St.Clair, despite it's size, since it is bounded by 2 rivers should be classified as a great lake.So we are back to 5 of them. ( Now that's my kind of Great Lake debate.Fun ! )

Great day to you


since when does the police dept.announce to community that the water is safe,where is the mayor and service director,its their responsibility,the NPD is practicing overreach as usual,somebody better get them under control

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eat my shorts

I was wondering the same thing about the police dept. making an announcement. If not the service director, shouldn't the water superintendent be speaking up?




They have a big a&& urban assault vehicle, that's why.


Geez.. I better sell mine.


The water in Norwalk is ok? That's really a matter of opinion...


I remember reading an article in the reflector with a quote from the county or city engineer saying Norwalk's water is "OK" to drink but he wouldn't drink it himself


...W. C. Fields never touched a drop of water and blessed us with wisdom for 66 years
...more on Bill another day; meanwhile, I' ll be in the b-a-r-r-r...


...Update: further research reveals that W.C. was lost in the wilds of Afganistan, lost the corkscrew and was compelled to live on food and water for several days...

Sitting In The ...

Breaking News : The N.S. Sherlock Institute for Water Safety has confirmed Norwalk isn't affected by events happening in Toledo.