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Toledo officials discuss water treatment upgrades, testing procedures at meeting

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo City Council's Utilities and Public Service Committee held a meeting Monday to discuss upcoming upgrades to the city's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant as well as testing protocol during and after the water crisis earlier this month.

City officials talked about the major upgrades that are planned for the treatment facility, but some residents of the Collins Park neighborhood also attended the meeting to express their opinions on the matter.

"They're going to be building buildings, they're going to be building electrical substations, and there's going to be heavy equipment moving in and out," explained Councilman Mike Craig, who represents the neighborhood.

Councilman Craig says people who live near the plant will notice the upgrades being made. The upgrades are scheduled over the next five years, but the city still needs to acquire several homes and pieces of property to complete the project.

The homeowners that spoke during the meeting said they are hoping for more communication from the city going forward.

"We'd like to know what's going to happen," said resident Mary Ann Acevedo. "Are you going to take two of our houses today? Are you going to take the rest in a year? Or five years? Should we all get out now?"

Toledo Director of Public Utilities and other leaders say they will work on increasing communication and working with residents whose homes will be affected.

"Nobody likes to put somebody out of their homes, but nobody wants the whole region to suffer because we can't supply safe drinking water," Councilman Craig said.

At the same meeting council members asked Moore and other officials with the Department of Public Utilities and the water treatment plant questions to clarify testing procedures before, during and after the water crisis, as well as what's being done to make sure the water stays safe.

Officials said as of July 31, microcystin levels in the water were too low to detect or report. The levels spiked on Aug. 1, prompting further testing and the water advisory.

Moore also said the city has recently installed a new buoy in the lake near the Toledo's water intake. The buoy feeds real-time weather and microcystin information back to the water treatment plant so staff there can start adjusting the treatment process sooner.

"As soon as we get a high reading off the buoy, we can start the treatment process," Moore said.

Councilwoman Lindsay Webb, chair of the Utilities and Public Service Committee, said she thinks the city is "not out of the woods yet."

"We as a community need to get to a place where everyone feels comfortable to pour themselves a glass of water out of the tap," Webb said.

She concluded the meeting by saying she plans to schedule a follow-up meeting in the near future.

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