TOLEDO - Repairs to one of six basins at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant will be completed ahead of schedule.
According to the city, the repairs to a floculator at the plant was to take up to four days. However, the basin that mixes raw water from Lake Erie with treatment chemicals to help remove sediment and algae will be fixed by Wednesday evening.
On Tuesday, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins urged residents to conserve water in an effort to put less stress on the plant, allowing for speedy repairs.
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"This does not modify our request to maintain the conservative use of water," said Collins. "We need to continue to work together to reduce our water usage until the algal season is over in September."
The city continues to ask that residents take common sense steps to conserve, not only while repairs are made, but for the entire summer or algae-season. "Residents of the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area, please let's get through this," Collins said at a Tuesday press conference. "I beg for your support, and please let's get through this season as we look forward to the future where we will no longer have to look at ways in which we have to conserve water in these pretty invasive ways in terms of our lifestyles."
Residents are asked to avoid watering lawns or using home irrigation systems, avoid washing cars at home, take shorter showers, wash only full loads of laundry or dishes, and run washing machines and dishwashers in efficiency modes.
Collins took the first step to conserving water by turning off the water fountain in front of One Government Center in downtown Toledo.