Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has extended the city's now three day old ban on consuming water after results of tests were 'too close for comfort.'
"The majority of areas are satisfactory, but there are still two spots of concern," said Mayor Collins during a 3 a.m. press conference. He did not say what specific areas or neighborhoods continue to show higher levels of toxins in water. The mayor said he does not want to isolate any communities, and has kept the ban in place for the entire city.
The mayor said 30 tests have been conducted between the Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Toledo since Friday. 12 of those tests have come back 'clean' and 16 have come back with 'acceptable' levels. Two tests conducted by the city were 'too close to call.'
Additional tests are being conducted Monday morning.
The mayor has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. press conference to offer updates on the crisis.
Once an all-clear is given, Mayor Collins does not expect residents will need to flush their home water systems as many have been using water for bathing, washing, etc.
At Monday's city council meeting, the water test results will be discussed and presented to the public.
The mayor urges residents to continue to use cormmon sense and heed all warnings until an all clear is given:
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.
Until an all clear is given, the following areas should NOT drink or boil water:
Village of Metamora
Eastern Swan Creek Township
Village of Whitehouse
Where to find water - In addition to several shipments arriving at area grocers, you may obtain water at the following locations on Monday:
Oregon Fire Department (all stations) - bring your own containers
Central Catholic High School, 2250 Cherry Street, Toledo, Ohio 43608
Waite High School, 301 Morrison Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43605
Woodward High School, 701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608 - bring own container
Springfield High School, 1470 South McCord Rd, Holland, OH 43528 - bring own container
UT Scott Park Campus - Nebraska Ave and Parkside - bring own container
Parkway Plaza - S. Detroit and Anthony Wayne Trail (opens at 10 a.m.)
Village of Whitehouse Fire Department located at 10550 Waterville Street - bring own container (available 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday)
Bedford Township Hall 8100 Jackman Rd. Monday at 9:00 am. until 7:00 pm.
Monroe Boat Club - Exit 11 I-75 la Plaisance Rd. - bring own container
Homebound Toledo-area residents who are in need of water may call the Red Cross for assistance. More information here.