Toledo water woes stretch to some Michigan towns

Sharon Green loads bottled water into her car she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio.  (AP Photo John Seewer)
Sharon Green loads bottled water into her car she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo John Seewer)

LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan communities are affected by water problems just across the state border in Toledo, Ohio.

The Monroe County health department says residents of Luna Pier, Bedford and Erie townships and a portion of LaSalle Township should follow restrictions announced by Toledo.

The Ohio city says water shouldn’t be used for drinking or cooking. Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie have fouled the water supply.

The restrictions have caused a run on bottled water at stores in the region. The Monroe News posted a photo on its website of empty shelves at a Meijer store in Frenchtown Township, Michigan.

An environmental group, Alliance for the Great Lakes, says the water crisis should be a “loud wake-up call” to stop the flow of algae-causing nutrients into Lake Erie.

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