Toxins produced by algae unlikely in Illinois drinking water

SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to keep the state's drinking water safe, Illinois officials are looking out for algae blooms similar to the one that tainted drinking water around Toledo, Ohio.  However, officials also say it is unlikely that Illinois would face a similar problem.

According to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Kim Biggs, the state started a program to test water when algae blooms are reported last year.  Anyone can complete and submit a bloom report form for the agency's staff to review.

Biggs also says the source of the problem in Lake Erie, blue-green algae, hasn't been a big concern in Lake Michigan in recent years, mostly because Lake Erie is warmer and shallower than Lake Michigan, making it more prone to algae.

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