On Thursday, August 7, the City of Port Clinton launched a new service on their website, portclinton.com; water quality information. The information includes Microcystin results in the Ottawa County regional water system, a safety threshold chart which informs residents of water and health advisories, and links to information that pertains to algal blooms.
“We want to be proactive in keeping our citizens informed of the quality of water in our community,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone.
The webpage also includes a statement from the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Port Clinton on what to do in case of an emergency:
In an emergency, having a supply of clean water for drinking, cooking and hygiene is top priority. If a natural or man-made disaster strikes your community, you might temporarily lose access to clean water. Take steps now to store emergency water supplies, and learn other useful tips for accessing water in an emergency to reduce the impact of a disaster on you and your family.
• Store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for a minmum three day supply. This means a family of four needs 12 gallons.
• Be sure to account for pets; dogs and cats typically need one gallon each per day.
• Store water in a cool, dark place in your home, office or car.
• Replace water every six months and be sure to check expiration dates on store bought water.
• If you use your own containers for storing water, make sure to sanitize them first.
To sanitize: Was containers with dishwashing soap and rinse with water, sanitize by swishing a solution of one teaspoon of liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water on all interior surfaces of the container, and rinse thoroughly with clean water before use.
Avoid reusing containers that have ever held a toxic substance, containers that can break, like glass, containers without a tight seal, or plastic milk bottles or cartons that can be difficult to clean and can break down over time. Use of food-grade water storage containers, such as those found at surplus or camping supply stores, is recommended if you prepare stored water yourself.
For more information on emergency preparedness please visit ready.gov or contact the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency at 419-734-6900.