Toledo water warning: What should you do if your water is contaminated?

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A state of emergency has been declared for Lucas and Wood counties after contamination was found in the Toledo public water system.

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The type of contamination means water can’t be consumed, boiled or used to shower. Consuming water with the toxins may result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea or dizziness.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has the following tips for anyone affected by this contaminated water:

Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food.

–Do not have skin contact with the water. Skin contact with contaminated water can cause irritation or rashes.

Pets should not drink the water. Contact a veterinarian immediately if pets or livestock show signs of illness.

Do not boil the water. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins – it will increase the concentration of the toxins.

Seek medical attention if you feel you have been exposed to toxins and are having adverse health effects.

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