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Toledo toxic water samples brought to Cincinnati lab for testing

The EPA's Andrew W. Briedenbach Environmental Research Center located on Martin Luther King Dr. (FOX19) The EPA's Andrew W. Briedenbach Environmental Research Center located on Martin Luther King Dr. (FOX19)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Samples of potentially toxic water from Toledo's water supply have been flown to Cincinnati to be tested in a local laboratory.

The water samples were reportedly sent to Cincinnati's Environmental Protection Agency, a highly specialized lab that is able to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Toledo's 400,000 residents were advised not to drink the water after toxins were found to be above the standard for consumption. Residents are also advised to not brush their teeth with or boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration.

Governor John Kasich issued a state of emergency Saturday, prompting state agencies to bring bottled water and other supplies to the area. Bottled water distribution centers were set up after stores ran out of bottled water in only a half hour, according the AP.

Toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie is believed to be the cause of the fouled water.

Results from the Cincinnati lab, located in Correyville, will reportedly help officials determine how long the warning should stay in place.

Mayor D. Michael Collins told WTOL that officials should know the results by Saturday afternoon at the earliest and that "everything is trending in a positive direction," according to WTOL. Samples were also flown to federal labs in Columbus and Michigan

Related: Where to get water in Toledo

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