The Toledo water treatment plant in East Toledo last year.
Toledo City Council today approved setting aside $700,000 to buy property in East Toledo for a mandated expansion of the city's drinking water treatment plant.
Council voted 11-0 to dedicate the money from the city's water bond fund. Councilman Lindsay Webb was not present.
Dave Leffler, Toledo's commissioner of plant operations, said the city sent 28 homeowners letters to solicit their interest in selling.
“Right now it is a willing-buyer, willing-seller,” Mr. Leffler said. “I don't need to buy any right now. We are looking out into the future and realizing it would be beneficial if we could buy some of those houses.”
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, after a survey of the water treatment plant, ordered multiple projects to address the “deteriorated condition of the existing water system,” according to city records.