Suburban communities looking into Michindoh aquifer after Toledo backs out of TAWA

The Toledo Area Water Authority may be officially disbanded after Monday's meeting (WNWO).

Two years of negotiations could have been eliminated on Monday.

The Toledo Area Water Authority may be no more.

Toledo has decided to back out of the original agreement altogether.

Once that case was made, Maumee Mayor Rich Carr asked Toledo city officials to leave, and the suburbs moved forward without Toledo.

"They want control and they made that very clear."

At Monday's TAWA meeting, representatives from Toledo, with neither Mayor Kapszukiewicz or Toledo City Council present, announced they were sticking to the mayor's previous plan.

They decided that Toledo City Council would have the final say on all water rates, and the city would still own the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

Despite other communities meeting without them, Toledo does believe it will be a part of a regional system.

If approved by city council, this plan would go to voters in November.

"I think we will definitely be able to continue forward with some of our partners. We hope all of them. It might not end up being everyone, but we think they're open to discussing. Our plan, as we made known today, is open to negotiations. We hope to continue moving forward that way," said Deputy Chief of Staff, Abby Arnold.

The suburban communities are moving on in their own way, however.

"I do not believe, at this point, after what Toledo has done, that we will be a part of their water system. I don't believe any of the other suburban communities will be either," said Maumee Mayor, Rich Carr.

The other communities from TAWA will be presented information on the Michindoh aquifer this Thursday, something Whitehouse has already paid to study.

It provides an underground water source to nine counties in three states, including Dayton.

Those communities will weigh their options and could form a regional water authority of their own.

"We may still see a regional authority. It will look, most likely, different than what was initially composed. I think there's that dedication there to want to work together," stated Brian Dicken of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

If TAWA does disband, and no regional water is agreed upon, Toledo will be stuck with paying for EPA mandated repairs to the water treatment plant. Mayor Carr says the number is at $750 million and could grow.

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