Monroe County to work to improve communication in wake of Toledo water ban problems

MONROE COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Officials in Monroe County and city are increasing monitoring and treatment as necessary with water from Lake Erie. 

The city and Frenchtown Township draw water for their municipal systems from the lake and they say they've had algae bloom problems for each of the last 3 years - although not as big as the contamination that hit Toledo over the weekend. 

Plus the Southern Water District in Monroe County buys its water from Toledo. 

The problem was first detected around 1:00 Saturday morning in Toledo. The city posted the warning on its Facebook page at 1:21 a.m. 

No official warning was given to Monroe County customers and officials. 

Operators at the county 911 center started getting calls from people and found out about the problem by watching Toledo TV. 

Monroe County Emergency Management people will work to improve communications in the follow-up.

Director Mark Hammond suggests people put together 3-day disaster kits that include one gallon of water for each person in the home, water for pets, non-perishable food, a battery operated radio and a flashlight. 

The algae bloom problem can last through September.

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