After 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio went without drinking water for three days, the Knoxville Utilities Board wants to reassure customers of its testing standards.
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00:00 This is what makes our cities so unique and beautiful
00:03 and we don't -- end up like Toledo. After a water
00:06 crisis in Toledo Ohio tonight we are looking at the safety
00:10 measures in place here to keep our water clean. Faucets are
00:14 flowing again in Toledo Ohio after a three day water --
00:19 good evening everyone thank you for watching I'm Robin will light.
00:22 I'm John Becker where this story about how it could impact
00:25 our neck of the woods that -- and change the daily
00:28 lives for about a half a million people they couldn't drink
00:31 the tap water. Cook with that shower or even brushed their
00:34 teeth using that water for three days. And that's because of
00:38 a sudden spike in toxic algae from Lake -- test today.
00:42 From those toxins came back negative giving people the all clear
00:46 to drink can use that water again. WB IR attendees reporter
00:50 Heidi when Donald joins us and Heidi get something like this
00:53 ever happened in knocks them. Robbins on KB tells me it's
00:56 very unlikely but they do hundreds of thousands of tests each
01:00 year to make sure the water is safe. At all times.
01:05 The Tennessee River is constantly flowing and changing. We just like
01:10 TV takes about 35 million gallons out of the river each
01:14 day they're tested. For various types of contaminants. And brings it
01:19 into the laboratory with testing it dangling at the water plant
01:23 and here in this water quality laboratory. We do about a
01:27 100000. Tests every year. In support of water quality KB manager
01:34 regulatory compliance Debbie Bailey says they've always meant drinking water standards.
01:39 They test for more than a 150 substances I think our
01:43 water and I -- -- -- and -- hang out. Tennessee
01:46 clean water network says it's unlikely Knoxville could have a toxic
01:49 algae problem. I probably could not naturally they're really not --
01:53 Directly or you know the water constantly flowing and getting oxygenated.
01:58 This is unlikely to happen here -- -- market -- And
02:02 naturally correlate that. Or perhaps a current running through it. But
02:06 it's still got its problems along with litter phosphates and --
02:10 to make its way into the water I mean it's just
02:12 doesn't make sense to fertilize it rains they think how --
02:15 got in the ground -- no actually run right into the
02:17 river. That fertilizer. Actually is tied to that algae production. And
02:23 that algae is what is causing Toledo -- problem right now.
02:27 The court loud and lake association says along with the water
02:30 quality rising so has awareness if we start being better now
02:34 at keeping it clean. It will clean itself. Robin -- the
02:40 water was ever unsafe to drink KB says it has an
02:43 emergency plan in place.