Toledo officials announced the water treatment plant is fully operational now that a repair to the flocculator basin, expected to take four days, was completed today.
The request by Mayor D. Michael Collins for residents and businesses to conserve water, however, is still in effect.
“The repair was successful and the basin is refilled but it won't come back online until 6 p.m.,” Toledo Public Utilities Director Ed Moore said.
He said the original estimate to fix the broken flocculator, one of six at the plant that mix raw water from the lake with treatment chemicals that help remove sediment and algae, was purposefully conservative but “when we got a chance to look at it, it wasn't as bad as we thought,”
The repairs that crews thought could take four days were completed in about 24 hours, the mayor‘s spokesman Lisa Ward said.
Toledo’s mayor on Tuesday urged residents to conserve water for the remainder of the summer as the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie remains a threat to the city’s drinking-water supply.
A day after lifting the do-not-drink warning, Mr. Collins told customers who get city water that they should take shorter showers, wash only full loads of laundry and dishes, and operate washing machines and dishwashers on their most energy-efficient modes.
Water conservation is necessary to reduce stress on the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant, where toxic microcystin from lake algae contaminated the drinking water over the weekend, affecting about 500,000 customers.