Wells run dry in Berkey, Toledo offers solution

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BERKEY, Ohio (WTOL) - Imagine everyday routines like cooking, cleaning and eating. Most people take them for granted but for some it's almost impossible to get done.

That's happening in the Village of Berkey, just west of Sylvania near the Lucas County line. They're running out of water and joining a neighboring city for relief.

In the Village of Berkey, water wells are running dry.

"Just this past week my neighbors across the street lost their well and the ones down at the edge of Berkey, they lost a well," says Berkey homeowner Mabel Langenderfer.

If they're not dry, they are loaded with minerals.

"Our water here has a lot of iron in it. It's terrible," says business owner Jeff Noe.

Tired of it all, Jeff Noe, a business owner and Mabel Langenderfer, a resident have private tanks. They have to haul water in when they need it.

But today, some much anticipated news from local officials.

"It's been a long, long haul, but here we are, and it's happening," says Village of Berkey Mayor Barb Huff.

The City of Toledo has agreed to supply business and limited residential developments in Berkey with a constant supply of water through a waterline extension.

The project price tag of $2.6 million. Taxpayers will be assessed about $700 a year, paying back the City of Toledo over the next 30 years.

"This will be great not to have to haul water. Especially in the winter time," says Noe.

Equipment and pipes for phase one are ready and waiting. And so are the residents in a place where water has been so precious, for so long.

It's a day Mabel Langenderfer and many in Berkey are looking forward to.