Toledo's water crisis spills into second day

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says water distribution in and around the city of Toledo will continue as residents are being warned not to drink the water for a second day.

Mayor Collins announced Saturday evening that additional water samples are being flown out of Toledo for testing. The results of those tests may not be available until sometime Sunday, at which point he expects the city to be able to move forward.

The mayor urges affected residents to use common sense and heed all warnings.


Toxins in water force state of emergency in Toledo

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.

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.

READ: Red Cross water distribution centers open late Saturday

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:





Troy Township




Lake Township

LaSalle Township

Troy Township


Springfield Township


Perrysburg Township

Ottawa Hills

Erie Township

Village of Metamora

Eastern Swan Creek Township

Village of Whitehouse

Luna 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.

UPDATE: Toledo Mayor Mike Collins said late Saturday that additional tests were being sent to three locations outside Toledo in order to compare water samples from Lake Erie. Those results are not expected back until sometime Sunday.


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 containers

Northwood Fire and Rescue station #82

Rossford High School parking lot - Wood County residents

Luna Pier Fire Station - bring your own containers

Metamora Fire Department Parking Lot, 251 Mill Street, Swanton

Holy Trinity School, 2649 US 20, Swanton

Swanton Middle School, 206 Cherry Street, Swanton

Swancreek Township Building, County Road D and 5-2

Swanton Fire Department, 432 Church Street, Swanton
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

Morenci 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.