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lake Erie water issues




Looking at the situation in Lake Erie with the drinking water got me to wondering.
what is the source of drinking water for the island? And has anyone experienced the type of algae they are having in Ohio?


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Looking at the situation in Lake Erie with the drinking water got me to wondering.
what is the source of drinking water for the island? And has anyone experienced the type of algae they are having in Ohio?


All water on the island comes from wells and is desalinated by reverse osmosis . Some folks don't like the taste, but it's perfectly safe. In fact, the Tri-villages water was voted the best tasting water in the state. The water in Avon has bit of a taste, but you get used to it quick. Every place I've visited has funny tasting water. It's whatever you're used to.

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Isn't Lake Erie's problem caused by agriculture runoff?


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Isn't Lake Erie's problem caused by agriculture runoff? Wouldn't think that would be a problem on the sandbar.


The Outer Banks water is from the Yorktown Aquifer, about 450' deep, and is rain that fell tens of thousands of years ago in the Piedmont region. The alge problem is from surface water.


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Isn't Lake Erie's problem caused by agriculture runoff?
The main contributors to the algae growth are sewage and phosphorous from fertilizers and some animal wastes. In the 70's, this same thing was happening, and a lot was invested in sewage treatment plants to cut that back to a liveable level, and algae problems dropped. Phosphorous from fertilizers increased in the 90's and the levels in the lake started gradually rising again. A lot of newer ferilizers are out that cut back on the phosphate content. How to cut back on anumal waste phosphates is more challenging. But argiculture in the Great Lakes region is heavily crop oriented and much less animal oriented.

Not an issue for the OBX water supply; all the open water is salt or highly brackish so the wells are used as noted above. As I understand it, the reverse osmosis water plant in Rodanthe COULD use sound water, but doesn't.

Toledo's water supply intake is in Lake Erie. Lake Erie is generally pretty shallow so any issues show up there pretty readily. It also is ringed with developed areas much moreso than any other of the Great Lakes. So it is the bellweather of such problems, and a lot more susceptible to issues than other large bodies of wataer.


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here in Indiana Geist reservoir, which is one of the drinking water res for Indianapolis has problems with algal blooms and undesirable surpluses of algae growth. Not knocking anyone but you have a reservoir, water in it is for drinking (after treated) then you develop every square inch of it with $1mil+ houses and golf course quality lawns. All that fertilizer has to run somewhere so it contributes to the algae blooms. And oh does it smell bad sometimes!!!!

On the plus side the lake is incredible for migrating birds in the late winter and late fall after all the ski boats have been put away! if only the selc DoW and Audubon knew what migrated through... Big grin


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