Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says results from water samples sent for testing late Saturday are showing positive signs for the city.
Mayor Collins addressed the media Sunday morning, more than 24 hours after the city began urging residents to avoid drinking from the city's water supply.
Additional testing is being conducted; however, results already back show a positive trend and the mayor is hopeful that there will soon be an end to the crisis. The mayor expects to address the public again mid-day Sunday.
Lucas County Health Commissioner Dr. David Grossman said once the additional test results return, officials will be able to advise residents on if they will need to flush their home's water system.
The mayor urges affected residents to use continue to use cormmon sense and heed all warnings. 1. It is safe for healthy adults to bathe, wash their hands, and shower. While bathing, children should be under the supervision of an adult to prevent accidental drinking of the water. (*People with sensitive skin issues and liver conditions should avoid bathing or showering.)2. Do not drink tap water until the all clear is given, this also includes pets.3. Do not use tap water to cook until the all clear is given.4. Do not boil tap water.5. It is ok to use and flush your toilet.
City officials issued the warning Saturday after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie.
Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in northwest Ohio that is allowing state agencies and the Ohio National Guard to begin delivering water.
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says more tests are being run to determine if the water is safe. He hopes to have those results later Saturday.
--------Until an all clear is given, the following areas should NOT drink or boil water:Toledo BedfordWalbridgeNorthwoodTroy TownshipPerrysburgRossfordWalbridgeLake TownshipLaSalle TownshipTroy TownshipMaumeeSylvaniaSpringfield TownshipPerrysburgPerrysburg TownshipOttawa HillsWhitehouseErie TownshipVillage of MetamoraEastern Swan Creek TownshipVillage of WhitehouseLuna Pier
What happened? What is being done? Lake Erie, which is a source of drinking water for the Toledo water system may have been impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB). These organisms are capable of producing a number of toxins that may pose a risk to human and animal health. HABs occur when excess nitrogen and phosphorus are present in lakes and streams. Such nutrients can come from runoff of over-fertilized fields and lawns, from malfunctioning septic systems and from livestock pens.Additional monitoring is being conducted and the city will advise when the situation has been resolved or if additional precautions should be taken. The water system is running additional tests to verify the severity of the microcystin levels in our water supply.
Where to find water - In addition to several shipments arriving at area grocers, you may obtain water at the following locations:
Oregon Fire Department (all stations) - bring your own containersNorthwood Fire and Rescue station #82Rossford High School parking lot - Wood County residentsLuna Pier Fire Station - bring your own containersMetamora Fire Department Parking Lot, 251 Mill Street, SwantonHoly Trinity School, 2649 US 20, SwantonSwanton Middle School, 206 Cherry Street, SwantonSwancreek Township Building, County Road D and 5-2Swanton Fire Department, 432 Church Street, SwantonCentral Catholic High School, 2250 Cherry Street, Toledo, Ohio 43608Waite High School, 301 Morrison Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43605Woodward High School, 701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608 - bring own container Springfield High School, 1470 South McCord Rd, Holland, OH 43528 - bring own containerUT Scott Park Campus - Nebraska Ave and Parkside - bring own containerParkway Plaza - S. Detroit and Anthony Wayne Trail (opens at 10 a.m.)Village of Whitehouse Fire Department located at 10550 Waterville Street - bring own containerMorenci Fire Department, 249 Main Street - bring own container
Homebound Toledo-area residents who are in need of water may call the Red Cross for assistance. More information here.