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Testing for dangerous contaminant to begin in East Texas lakes

Aglae-contaminated water in Ohio. (Source: WTOL) Aglae-contaminated water in Ohio. (Source: WTOL)
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

Testing will begin on East Texas lakes following a weekend water crisis in Ohio.

The crisis in Toledo, Ohio began Saturday and lasted until Monday morning. Officials there say toxic levels of microcystin were found in voluntary testing of their water system. Microcystin is a toxic substance resulting from a bloom of certain blue-green algae.

Texas only tests certain lakes and reservoirs. Lake Palestine has historically been tested while Lake Tyler has not been routinely tested.

Tyler Water Utilities officials said they are now beginning to test Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East following Toledo's water problems.

Officials said the microcystin is not a contaminant routinely monitored, however it is possible those levels could be included in water reports in the future.

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