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City officials: Water tested Saturday has lower level of toxins

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The City of Toledo says that microcystin test results over the weekend, while previously in the high but safe range, came back even lower in Saturday's evening tests. 

Spokesperson Lisa Ward says that of the 33 samples taken at 8 p.m. on August 16, 18 of them had levels considered as "non-detectable" because they came in under .3 parts per billion. The remaining 15 ranged from .302 to .406 ppb. 

All 33 were lower than .5 parts per billion, which according to the city spokesperson is the "level a report to the EPA has been agreed upon."

The city says the testing for microcystins, the toxin released by the ever-growning algal bloom in Lake Erie, will continue.

Dr. David Grossman, who heads the Toledo Lucas County Health Department said on Sunday, "obviously if you can see something going up in any concerns of toxicity, you want to have your red flags up. You want to check it. Don't want to let it get to the level it did a couple weeks ago."

Tap water results from samples taken Friday at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant were .972. The World Health Organization says water showing a level of 1.0 or above should not be consumed. Read more

The city says that due to the additional chemicals that have been added to the water, customers may notice a film on the water in cups or containers. 

The film is not harmful, according to the city. 

Customers may also notice a slight chlorine odor.

On Monday Toledo City Council's Utilities and Public Service Committee will hold a hearing  regarding the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

The meeting starts at 4 PM in council chambers at One Government Center.

WTOL and FOX Toledo will continue to bring you updated test results on Toledo's water quality.

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