Citizens Energy Group: Toledo water crisis unlikely for Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The concern for clean drinking water was a real issue after toxins from algae tested unsafe for consumption over the weekend in Toledo, Ohio. But what is the risk for residents in Indianapolis?

The problems seen in Toledo are unlikely because of Citizens Energy Groups’ diverse water supply to the community, Citizens said in a release on Monday afternoon.

Water to Indianapolis residents comes from White River, Fall Creek, Morse, Geist, Eagle Creek Reservoirs, the Central Canal and multiple well fields. Toledo’s main water supply is dependent on Lake Erie.

“Most of the drinking water supply from Central Indiana originates from rivers, streams and groundwater. These sources of water are less susceptible to the algae-related problems encountered in Toledo,” said Jeff Willman, Executive Director Water Operations.

Toledo residents were told not to drink the water after tests at one treatment plant showed toxic readings for microcystin, most likely from algae on the lake. The ban was lifted on Monday following testing showing the toxin levels had dropped.

If one of the water supplies in Indianapolis were to be contaminated Citizens could change to another water source until the issue was resolved.

Samples of water are also routinely tested by Citizens. Testers look for foul taste and odor, as well as water impacts like blue-green algae that could be harmful.

There are things the community can do to help stop water problems. For example residents should try and us phosphorus-free fertilizer on lawns and fields. For more information on water testing and low cost tips click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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