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MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been almost a week since Toledo's water emergency. At the Rib-Off in Maumee on Thursday, people were still talking about it. So were the ribbers, and how it affected business.

There are still skeptics about the safety of the water. Some don't trust the city and haven't touched their water tap.

"We have bottled water and I have a son that's got a well," said Debbie Holmes at the Rib-Off. "I'm one of those people who don't trust nobody."

Others, though, weren't as skeptical, but they believe Toledo water users need assurances there won't be another emergency.

"I think they need to get started on it right now so it doesn't happen again," said Dave Gibson.

The water emergency shut down local business Sidelines for two days. Owners say they plan to make up for lost business at the Rib-Off and hope Toledo officials learned a valuable lesson.

"I like to think that since this happened, maybe it's going to get some stuff in motion to take the proper precaution and steps to control the situation," said Alan Heer of Sidelines.

Owners of Deet's Barbecue agreed.

"You really can't [make up the lost business]. You miss those customers. This weekend is planned for every year. [We'll] never make up for the two days we lost," said Lisa Deeter of Deet's.

Both agreed on one thing, though: the drinking water is safe.

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