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Toledo's water crisis

Toledo Water Crisis

An algal toxin in Lake Erie contaminated the drinking water used by Toledo and many of its suburbs in August, 2014. It prompted a "do not drink" advisory for parts of three days and fueled public discussions about what created the problem and how to prevent it from happening again.


Saturday, Aug. 2: City issues ’do not drink’ water advisory

Live coverage:

Toledo-area water advisory expected to continue through Sunday as leaders await tests

Search for bottled water sends residents across town, state lines

Water distribution centers set up across area

Amid water crisis, acts of goodwill as Bowling Green students head to Toledo

Photo Gallery: Toledo residents scramble to find water

VIDEO: Water arrives at a Toledo Walgreens store

VIDEO: BGSU students visit local shelter to help

Social: ’Do not drink’ water advisory issued



Sunday Aug. 3: Toledo in grips of water emergency

From the paper:

Water crisis grips hundreds of thousands in Toledo area, state of emergency declared

Rest of region on high alert for contamination

Volunteers pour in to help region rehydrate

Water emergency means pain for some, opportunities for others

Toledo area hospitals see rise in visitors to emergency rooms

Community alert systems delivered water advisory

Commentary: What do we know about the water crisis and when will we know more?

VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Kaptur addresses the local media

VIDEO: Toledo mayor Collins provides latest updates

VIDEO: Water being distributed at Cherry Street Mission

Social: Water crisis tales posted, tweeted on social media

Photo Gallery: More photos from around Toledo 


Live Coverage:

Toledo water test results are improving but region still has a long way, mayor says

Social: Toledo water crisis, day 2

List of water distribution sites in the Toledo area

U.S. Rep. Kaptur demanding transparency from environmental regulators

Toledoans flock to distribution centers

Photo Galleries:

Collins, Kasich comment as Toledo water crisis continues

Toledoans still scurrying for water supplies

Algae at Toledo water intake


Monday, Aug. 4: Mayor announces ’all clear’

BREAKING NEWS: Toledo mayor: Water advisory remains in effect despite test results

VIDEO: Mayor Collins declares, “Our water is safe.”

Social: Toledo lifts ’do not drink’ water advisory

From the paper:

Businesses close doors or improvise during water crisis

Toxin tests vary, may be why Oregon was able to treat early

Photo Gallery: Oregon’s water treatment facility

Water distribution centers offer free relief

Zoo gets animals happy, hydrated thanks to fire department

BGSU lends a hand to UT football team 

Commentary: Not a 1-day problem, but life itself


Live Coverage:

Toledo tap water deemed safe to drink; city lifts ban

Tips on when and how to flush water systems

Lucas Co. Commissioners vote to declare state of emergency

Hospitals prepare to return to city water


Tuesday, Aug. 5

From the paper:

Toledo seeks return to normalcy after do not drink water advisory lifted

Report: Preliminary report on Toledo water crisis

Past votes by leaders delayed Toledo water treatment plant upgrades

Concern swamps relief for many area residents

Local eateries report huge losses during weekend water crisis

VIDEO: Restaurants closed by crisis get ready to reopen

Photo Gallery: Restaurants reopen after water ban lifted

Hospitals flush water, see increase in patients

Great Lakes protection key, organization insists

State lawmakers urged to act, stunt Lake Erie algae growth

Region’s water plants put up their guard after Toledo crisis

Attorney General DeWine investigates reports of bottled-water price gouging

Sylvania cut off water from Toledo lines

Olander Park lake tapped during Toledo water crisis


Algae-induced water crisis could alter political landscape

Ex-city managers: Old system eased Toledo mayors’ burdens


Keith Burris: How is Mayor Collins doing? Depends on who you ask

Matt Markey/Outdoors: Blooms of algae complicate picture for Lake Erie anglers in their pursuit of fish


Wednesday, Aug. 6 

Mayor tells water users to conserve all summer

Deluge of water bottles overflow recycling bins

Speakers at UT forum call crisis turning point for Great Lakes region

Companies pitch in to assist residents during water crisis


Thursday, Aug. 7

Treatment plant back to full strength after fix

Ohio EPA warned Toledo of ‘imminent vulnerability’

Commentary: During crisis, Toledo failed on PR front


Friday, Aug. 8

Toledo Councilman Webb says she voiced concerns about water

Lucas County commissioners approve resolutions aimed at avoiding water woes


Saturday, Aug. 9

Former Toledo mayors defend records on EPA issues

July EPA notes found Toledo's water crisis plan lacking

Pea-green waves greet, gross out beachgoers


Week of Aug. 10-16

EPA takeover of Toledo water plant was being considered, Aug. 10

Local firm has eyes on skies to solve regional water woes

Toledo Magazine: Toledo area weathered crisis with kindness, creativity, and patience

Toledo council, Lucas County officials voice surprise at possible EPA action, Aug. 11

Toledo mayor pleads for financial help from U.S., state, Aug. 12

Rainy downpour contributes to algae problem, can overwhelm sewer system

Toledo councilman Webb seeks city funds for regional water study

Toledo councilmen support regional water plan, Aug. 14

Stores asked to explain water prices during Toledo crisis

Ohio provides $150M in loans to fight algae, Aug. 15

Proposed legislation cracks down on manure as fertilizer in Ohio

Lake Erie water caucus draws hundreds to air concerns, Aug. 16


Week of Aug. 17-23

Toledo leaders see big battles on many fronts in water crisis, Aug. 17

Test results: Chemical increase needed in city water

COMMENTARY: What will it take to save Lake Erie?

Toxic tale of Annie, Fannie, Mike: Blue-green villains behind Lake Erie’s history of algae woes, Aug. 18

Toxin levels down after weekend scare

Mayor Collins says Toledo water crisis is similar to 9/11, Aug. 19

Civil engineer calls water crisis life-changing

Lake Erie algae forecast detailed at Stone Lab gathering

Sylvania to mull different water source, third-party testing

U.S. offers $2M in grants to stem growth of algal blooms, Aug. 20

Toxin from algae prompts ban on swimming at Ohio reservoir

Sylvania Township leaders want a say in region’s water

City of Toledo issues notice assuring public that its water is safe to drink, Aug. 21

Filters might work on toxins, but experts say tests needed

Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake

Sylvania mayor pushes regional drinking-water plan

Nervous residents snatch up water; city stresses quality remains safe, Aug. 22

Area schools stocking up in case advisory is reissued

Iowa senator: Urgent action needed to save environment

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