Ohio lawmakers meet about Lake Erie water quality

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers from Ohio's Lake Erie region are gathering to talk about what can be done to improve water quality and combat the blooms of algae on the lake.

The meeting was set to take place Friday morning just outside Toledo. It comes nearly two weeks after more than 400,000 people in the Toledo area were told not to drink their tap water after it became contaminated.

Toxins from algae on Lake Erie have been linked to the water warning that lasted for more than two days.

Ohio officials on Thursday announced a series of first steps they're taking to address the tainted water. The state is making $150 million in interest-free loans available so that cities can upgrade water treatment and wastewater plants.

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