Michigan township official happy to drink tap water again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Thousands of people in Michigan

Aundrea Simmons stands next to her minivan with cases of bottled water she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio. About 400,000 people in and around Ohio's fourth-largest city were warned not to drink or use its water after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo John Seewer)

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. Thousands of people in Michigan's Monroe County who rely on water from Ohio can drink it again after officials lifted a ban on consumption.

Bedford Township Supervisor Greg Stewart says he immediately brewed a fresh pot of coffee from tap water Monday.

Toledo, Ohio, and communities that get water from the city couldn't use it over the weekend because a toxin in the water was at unsafe levels. Officials believe it's probably linked to algae in Lake Erie.

In Michigan, Luna Pier, Bedford and Erie townships and a portion of LaSalle Township get water from Toledo. Bedford is one of the largest townships in Michigan with 32,000 residents.

Officials say people who haven't used their water since Friday should flush their systems by running the water.

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