City closes upper reservoir due to algae bloom

Official: Drinking water unaffected
Scott Seitz
Aug 18, 2014


City officials have closed the upper reservoir at Veterans Memorial Lake Park after a potentially harmful algae bloom was discovered there Monday.

"City of Norwalk water plant personnel today detected a possible harmful algae bloom in upper reservoir," said Josh Snyder, public works director.

"Upper reservoir has been isolated from memorial and lower reservoirs. There are not similar blooms in the other reservoirs. The city's drinking water is produced from water in lower reservoir. The drinking water is unaffected by the bloom in upper reservoir," he added.

"The algae in upper reservoir is capable of producing toxins harmful to human and pets, although the algae produce toxins in all portions of its life cycle. Tests for toxins are under way, and results should be available by tomorrow (Tuesday)," Snyder said.

"As a precaution, no boats are being allowed in upper reservoir. Humans and pets should not have any contact with the water in upper reservoir. Most importantly, pets should not be allowed to drink from upper reservoir," he added.

The city of Toledo recently dealt with a similar algae bloom problem.

"It looks like the blue-green algae that occurred in the Toledo area," Snyder said.

"It is just in the upper reservoir, not in lower and memorial," he added.

Snyder said the city uses chemicals to treat algae in the lower reservoir and will ask for advice from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency if similar chemicals should be used to treat the algae in the upper reservoir.

"We typically don't treat the upper reservoir," Snyder said.


Fibber Mcgee

Good catch, Water Treatment employees'! It could have been a real mess had it flowed into Memorial Res.

Cliff Cannon

@Fibber Mcgee : Amen


Actually Memorial is not part of the drinking water supply. The real mess would have occurred if they didn't stop it from getting into the lower reservoir. But yeah, I agree good job at timely containment.

Fibber Mcgee

Actually, Mem res has some flow that goes to the Lower Res. Walk up to the small brick building on the treatment plant property, that water coming from the pipe, comes from Memorial or so I've been told by an employee there.


I bet you can't find any bottled water in Norwalk lol


Get ALL bottled water now!! All T.P. as well! Go for the SPAM!! The time to panic is NOW PEOPLE!! PANIC NOW...


You have it all is bread, eggs, milk. Oh, wait. That's for blizzards. Nevermind.






I'm going out for all the water,milk,toilet paper and bread I can find and I advise everyone to do the same


And YOU are the one that will start the panic.. Bet you have the 10 year supply of canned food and water already- so leave it to us smart**ses, eh?! I'll come and knock on the bunker top when it gets bad. Will you let me in!?

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Long Duck Dong

Forget stocking up on water, just drink beer.




no tog,Im also stocked up on ammo


Maybe I won't knock on yours...I'll try the neighbors!!


...if its frantic knocking, it'll be the tp they're after...