City of Toledo drinking water notice

Drinking Water Notice

THE CITY OF TOLEDO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM DID NOT MEET TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS DUE TO LIMITATIONS OF THE CURRENT CHLORINE FEED FACILITY.  THE LIMITATIONS WILL BE CORRECTED WHEN THE NEW CHLORINE FEED FACILITY GOES ON-LINE MAY 29, 2015.

 

In order to ensure proper disinfection, water in the treatment plant must be in contact with chlorine or a similar disinfectant for a minimum amount of time.  On March 18, 2015, this did not occur for approximately 2% of the total flow through the plant.  All water was treated through the plant and filtered.  The 2% that bypassed the approved method for disinfection was sent directly to the high service to boost the chlorine residual entering the distribution system and received disinfection through an alternative method.  The alternative method, contact time within the City’s large distribution mains, has not been approved by OEPA.

Although chlorine quickly kills most bacteria, it is less effective against organisms such as viruses and parasites.  For this reason, water needs to mix with chlorine for a longer period to kill such organisms.  The amount of time necessary, or the contact time, depends on the amount of disinfectant in the water, and the pH and temperature of the water.

 

What should I do?

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
  • People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people may be at increased risk.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What does this mean?

This situation does not require that you take immediate action.  If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms.  These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors.  If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What is being done?

We have determined the cause and taken the necessary steps to correct the problem.

For more information, please contact Andrew McClure at 419-936-3021 or 3040 York Street, Toledo, OH 43604.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800)426-4791.

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