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Columbus, Ohio — The state says it spent $187,000 buying bottled water for Toledo during the algae-related water emergency suffered by Ohio’s fourth-largest city earlier this year.

Toxins left behind from algae fouled the water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area and southeastern Michigan in early August for two days.

The Department of Public Safety’s emergency management agency responded to the emergency. It asked for nearly $187,000 on Monday in a request to a legislative budgeting panel for water bought during the event.

Toledo has spent millions of dollars in the past few years to get rid of the toxins in the water it draws from Lake Erie, where harmful algae has been on the rise over the last few years.

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