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City: Most recent tests showed 'undetectable' levels of microcystin

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

At a press conference Tuesday, Public Utilities Director Ed Moore said the most recent test for microcystin in the city's water showed "undetectable" levels of the toxin. The city says more activated carbon and chlorine have been added to the water to deal with the microcystin.

Health Department Director Dr. David Grossman reassured the public that Toledo's water is safe to drink. Grossman said he has been "enjoying" the water since the ban was lifted, specifically saying he had been drinking it and using it to brush his teeth since the ban was lifted. 

Moore says the city is now testing for microcystin daily, and that all tests since Sunday have shown safe levels of the toxin.

Mayor Collins provided more details about what happened over the weekend at the press conference. Collins said that at 3 a.m. Sunday the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said they were satisfied that the city's water was again safe to drink. Collins says tests from around the city showed 2 areas within the limit for safe drinking, but close to unsafe.

The press conference got someone tense as reporters pressed Collins on how the public had been notified. When asked why outdoor warning sirens were not sounded, Collins said "we don't control the sirens."

At another point, Collins's Public Information Officer Lisa Ward stepped in to say "We're done," but Collins continued addressing questions for several more minutes.

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