Lake Erie island warned not to use well water

TOLEDO -- Residents of a Canadian island are being warned not to drink their well water because of potentially toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The blue-green algae blooms causing the warning are the same stuff that contaminated the drinking water of about 400,000 people in the Toledo area earlier this month.

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Health officials say people who live on Canada's Pelee Island should stop bathing and cooking with the water from their private wells that draw Lake Erie.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in Ontario says the municipal water system on the island is still safe to use.

Some 300 people live year-round on the island about 50 miles east of Toledo that's situated along the U.S.-Canadian border.

Residents and visitors are also being told not to swim in the lake.


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