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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'sUtilities and Public Service Committee held a meeting Monday to discussupcoming upgrades to the city's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant as well as testingprotocol during and after the water crisis earlier this month.

City officials talkedabout the major upgrades that are planned for the treatment facility, but someresidents of the Collins Park neighborhood also attended the meeting to expresstheir opinions on the matter.

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

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

The homeowners that spokeduring the meeting said they are hoping for more communication from the citygoing forward.

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

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

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

At the same meetingcouncil members asked Moore and other officials with the Department of PublicUtilities and the water treatment plant questions to clarify testing proceduresbefore, during and after the water crisis, as well as what's being done to makesure the water stays safe.

Officials said as of July31, microcystin levels in the water were too low to detect or report. Thelevels spiked on Aug. 1, prompting further testing and the water advisory.

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

"As soon as we get a highreading 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 cityis "not out of the woods yet."

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

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

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