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Maumee joins list of suburbs looking elsewhere for best possible water source

Maumee may join Perrysburg and the Northwest Water and Sewer District in studying what it would take to receive Bowling Green's water supply (WNWO).

Toledo's participation in TAWA will be voted on in November.

Maumee Mayor Rich Carr wants to look at as many water options as possible, and wants a plan in place by next year.

"We can't rely upon what they are going to do."

Maumee, Perrysburg and the Northwest Water and Sewer District are potentially next on the list of suburbs looking elsewhere.

On Tuesday night, Perrysburg was the first of the three to say it'll contribute up to $25,000 for a study, looking into tapping into Bowling Green's water supply.

"We have to make sure that we have all the options available because it's basically a question of where we can get the best water at the lowest price," said Perrysburg Mayor Tom Mackin.

Maumee will vote on paying its share for the study next week, and Mayor Carr believes it will pass.

Monroe County and Sylvania are already researching the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit.

This new agreement would add three more members from TAWA exploring their options.

"If Toledo were to approve the agreement, then we would be in the position to look and compare the exact cost of what it would be costing us under the regional water to purchase from the City of Toledo and from the City of Bowling Green," said Mayor Carr.

Meanwhile, groups like "Protect Our Water" believe that the suburbs of Toledo have too much power in the current agreement.

Mayor Carr believes that if they simply left the plan, others would follow, and Toledo would have more than $600 million worth of repair costs to cover by itself for the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

"It sounds like they think they're doing us a favor, some people do, that they're doing us a favor by selling water. There's been comments made that we should just leave. If we leave, I don't know how they survive. If they think it's just Maumee, and it's just Perrysburg, it's going to be a domino effect. If Sylvania and Monroe leave, Maumee and Perrysburg can't afford to make up what they're contributing to those repairs."

Northwest Water and Sewer District and its still reviewing the agreement with Perrysburg and Maumee, and have no timeline for the board's vote.

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