Dozens of architects meant to talk about Toledo water crisis solutions

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Architects may not be the first group that people think of when it comes to solving the water problems but many Toledo area architects say they want to be included in what happens with the water because they are planners and have experience in making cities livable and successful.

Mayor D. Michael Collins was the main speaker Monday at the Toledo club for the annual legislative dinner of the American Institute of Architects where the main focus was on the water crisis that affected 500,000 water customers.

Many of the Architects at the meeting say safe and reliable water is vital to residents and businesses that want to set up shop in Toledo.

American Institute of Architects Kate MacPherson says Monday they called on local lawmakers to work with them on developing a master plan for water safety.

"That's why we believe in sustainable practices when it comes to how humans interact with the environment and it's not just humans, it's how we treat all of the animal farms and how we treat fertilization for our crops," said MacPherson.

Mayor Collins talked about the city's plan to put $400 million in improvements into the Collins Water Treatment Plant but says that Toledo can't clean up Lake Erie in it's own. Collins says it's up to other states to do their part.

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