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Bowling Green water safe to drink

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

With Toledo's water on everyone's mind, WTOL 11 decided to check out how Bowling Green's water is doing.  

As of Tuesday, the microcystin level in Bowling Green's raw water supply was reported as three times that of the Toledo water intake. That is 0.4 parts per billion for Toledo and 1.3 parts per billion for BG.  

According to Utilities Director Brian O'Connell, this is not an immediate red flag. He says the level in Bowling Green at this time, and even higher numbers they've had in the past, should not cause concern. 

"These raw water numbers do not correlate to some given amount in the finished water. Because the water treatment process is built to take that toxin out of the water," said O'Connell. 

Last year Bowling Green was not part of the crisis, as they get their water from an intake in the Maumee River. They also have a different water treatment process than Toledo. 

This year, they are optimistic that they will not have problems again.   

"Regardless of what level the algae has been detected at, we've always had a "non-detect" for the microcystin toxin in our finished water that goes to the customers," said O'Connell.  

That means, like the water in Toledo, the water coming out of faucets in Bowling Green is safe to drink.  

Still the city is being cautious and proactive. 

"We are trying to take steps to make improvements and always find ways to improve the well water that goes to the plant. Because any time you can improve the well water that the plant is receiving that ultimately ends up with a better end product for the customer," said O'Connell. 

Just like Toledo and other cities, the Ohio EPA is testing Bowling Green's water, so they'll know if an issue pops up.
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