Most people rushed to their cars in order to find the nearest stores where they could buy bottled water.
Soon enough most stores had empty shelves. The created panic reminded some people of Black Friday but this time lines with more than 50 people waiting for their turn to enter stores were formed for buying water or medication.
Ohio’s fourth-largest city has close to 400,000 residents. Thus the state of panic created around the Saturday announcement can be easily explained. People were advised not to drink and not to use water for washing their teeth unless they boil it. If residents don’t follow this advice there is a high risk that the concentration of the toxin in the body is increased to an undesired level.
Gov. John Kasich declared that for now it is too early to say for how long people have to avoid tap water. As the emergency was set Kasich ordered large containers of water to be brought into the Toledo area.
One thing is sure though, the water is infected although Toledo spent around $4 million on chemicals to treat its water against toxins. Scientists believe this happened because a significant bloom of the algae this year was not expected to peak around this time period but only as early as the beginning of September.