Toledo grocers are taking steps to ensure safety for employees and area residents amidst the city's water crisis.
Wal-Mart says each of their Toledo stores will be receiving two trailers full of water by mid-afternoon Saturday. Additional supplies will be brought in Sunday morning.
Krogers stores have pulled all items off shelves which may have come into contact with water. This includes all seafood that sits on ice beds and produce that is washed or misted with water.
As of Saturday afternoon, 16 trailers trucks full of water were shipped from the grocer's distribution centers to stores in the Toledo-area. An additional 16 trucks will be dispatched later Saturday evening. Families will have a 4 case limit when purchasing water.
â??We understand the urgent need in the area, and we are diverting our resources to make sure we can continuously ship water and other needed products to Toledo,â?? said Mary Ellen Adcock, vice president of merchandising for Krogerâ??s Columbus division. â??Weâ??ve been asked by officials with the health department to continue stocking our shelves with bottled water, so Toledo residents can get access to safe drinking water.â??
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said Saturday that no one will go without water by the end of the day. The city will distribute emergency supplies of water Saturday evening at the following locations: Woodward High School and Springfield High School at 6 p.m., Central Catholic High School at 6:30 p.m., and Waite High School until supplies last.
Results of further tests on water samples are expected back by 7:30 p.m., according to Mayor Collins. Water samples were sent to labs in Columbus and Cincinnati late Saturday morning.
Oregon fire stations will close Saturday and reopen for water distribution from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday. Oregon Fire Station #1 and #2 will close at 9 p.m. Saturday. Oregon Fire Station #3 will close at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Additional locations reporting available water:
NBC 24, 300 S. Byrne Road - bring own containers
Oregon fire stations - bring own containers
Miller's New Market in Genoa
Whitehouse Fire Station, 10550 Waterville Street
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