EPA Helps Communities and Water Utilities Address Harmful Algal Blooms

September 4, 2014 | General RCAP News

"Toxins from harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms are increasingly contaminating many of our nation’s source waters. We saw this just recently in Toledo, Ohio where toxins, most likely microcystins, made their way through the water treatment facility leaving many people without drinking water.

Many of the drinking water treatment facilities in the Great Lakes region were built before World War II and were designed to filter out particles of a certain size.  As a result, removing the much smaller cyanobacterial toxins, such as microcystins, at these facilities can be difficult and expensive."   Learn how EPA research is helping communities confront the challenge of algal blooms on the EPA blog.