Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms found naturally in surface water that can sometimes multiply to form harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs can potentially produce toxins capable of causing illness or irritation, sometimes even death, in pets, livestock and humans.
In addition to producing toxins, cyanobacteria can pose other treatment challenges for public water systems, including taste and odor and shortened filter run times. The information below is provided to assist public water system operators with preventing, identifying and responding to HABs.
Begin Preparations for 2017 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Season
Ohio EPA offered outreach in the Spring of 2017 to Public Water Systems (PWSs) outlining key-changes for the 2017 HAB season. The information was captured in a webinar. A recording and slides can be viewed below.
WEBINAR: 2017 HAB Season Update for Ohio PWS
Questions? Contact your Ohio EPA District HAB coordinator:
Central District (Tya Darden) – (614) 728-3866
Northeast District (Chris Maslo) – (330) 963-1164
Northwest District (Kimberly Burnham) – (419) 373-3102
Southeast District (Lesley Jenkins) – (740) 380-5236
Southwest District (Brian Chitti) – (937) 204-1199
Reduced Monitoring Requirements for Ohio Public Water Systems (**COMING SOON**)