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Sylvania officials probe feasibility of water testing

Say Toledo didn‘‍t provide timely test results during emergency

Sylvania City officials will research the feasibility of the city performing its own water testing as well a developing an efficient communication method with residents should another water emergency should occur.

Early today, the City Council‘s committee of the whole met with Mayor Craig Stough, the city’s administration, and officials from the Lucas County Health Department to receive a recap of how Toledo and Sylvania officials handled the do-not-drink water advisory that was put in place for more than two days when an algae-related microcystin toxin was found in Toledo’s water supply on Aug. 2. Sylvania purchases water from Toledo. Sylvania supplies water to its city residents and some Sylvania Township residents. 

Sylvania officials said it was frustrating that Toledo officials did not provide timely test results throughout the weekend. Sylvania received official results on the afternoon of Aug. 4, after the water ban was lifted. 

Sylvania administrators also notified officials that although it was informally told that its water supply was safe on the morning of Aug. 2 , officials did not receive confirmation of that from Toledo with test results until Aug. 4. Sylvania disconnected from Toledo‘‍s water supply early on Aug. 2 and residents were using water from the city’s ‍two water towers.

City Service Director Kevin Aller said that resident‍‍‍s’ water usage was draining the supply in the water towers, so on Aug. 3 Sylvania opened its connection to Toledo on an intermittent basis to have enough water available.

Officials will further discuss the matter at today’s 7:30 p.m. city council meeting.

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