Township Official Happy to Drink Tap Water Again

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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- 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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