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CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than one million people rely on Lake Erie for clean drinking water, but there’s new concern that toxic dirt on the bottom of the lake could potentially threaten Cleveland’s drinking water supply.

Ohio Environmental Agency testing last fall revealed highly toxic sediment moving closer to one of four Cleveland water intakes in Lake Erie. The intake supplies the Nottingham Water Treatment Plant, which serves northeast portions of Cuyahoga County, officials said. The Cleveland Division of Water maintains its drinking water is safe and no one is currently at risk, but it’s increasing testing to monitor conditions.

“In and of itself, it is highly toxic,” Cleveland Water quality manager Scott Moegling said of the sediment. “But the ater is safe; all of our monitoring to date,