Our View: Don’t take healthy, plentiful water for granted

State issues rules requiring water suppliers to test for cyanobacteria.

Oregon is known for its pristine drinking water — so good that some corporations want to bottle it for sale. But a new threat has emerged: toxins produced by algae blooms.

State and local officials were caught off-guard in late May when cyanotoxins were discovered for the first time in treated drinking water in Oregon — Salem’s water supply. Officials were slow to alert the public, and their initial announcements created confusion. Residents were outraged, and rightly so.

Source: The Daily Astorian