New funding will look at regional water district

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Money from the state of Ohio will be used to take a close look at whether or not a regional water district will be formed in the Toledo area.

The study is going to look at water systems not only in Toledo, but across Lucas County, Wood County and southern Monroe County to try to figure out if it is cost effective for all of that to be purged into one system, under one administration.

The Toledo metro area council of governments has been awarded $100,000 from the Ohio local government innovation fund, to match $100,000 raised locally for this study.

For decades, the issue of water and water rates has been a very divisive issue, and creating one regional system is seen by many as a way to break down geo-political boundaries and boost economic development efforts in the area.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken believes the study puts the issue one step closer to becoming a reality:

"Truly a regional study and it's going to help us ask and get answers to very difficult questions 'and those questions are' those questions are how much does it cost who's going to pay for it and who's going to benefit."

The city of Toledo has also been awarded $100,000 from the state for a feasibility study of a regional composting facility at the landfill.

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