City officials in Sylvania say they're unhappy with the way Toledo conducted tests on Sylvaniaâ??s water system during the water crisis.
A lack of communication was to blame for results from tests taken over that weekend taking too long to get back, according to Sylvania officials.
Sylvania officials purchase water from Toledo and rely on the city for testing but Director of Public Service Kevin Aller says during the water crisis, initial test results taken at Sylvania sites didn't arrive for days, leaving the city in a tense period of uncertainty.
"We're being told we'll have results four or five hours from now, then it becomes ten hours, then it becomes 12 and it just kept stretching out and ultimately we didn't really get them until Monday at Noon," said Aller.
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When the results finally came in they revealed the cityâ??s water had been clean the whole time. Aller says the delay in the test results caused unnecessary frustration, not just for the city, but for residents and businesses as well.
Nate Schank, the general manager at Treo in downtown Sylvania, says the threat of tainted water forced the restaurant to close for three days, costing thousands in revenue, a loss he calls unnecessary. "If we would've known that at the time it would've been allowed to stay open for business, it definitely affected us in a lot of ways."
Schank says with the algae season getting into full bloom he hopes the city will adopt their own testing method--hopefully allowing local businesses to avoid unnecessary shut-downs.
If Sylvania does adopt its own testing policy they'll actually only perform tests if the Toledo water supply shows increased levels of microcystin first.