$49M Upgrades in Store at Toledo Water Plant

(Toledo, OH) Toledo City Council may take the next big step in fighting toxic algae blooms tonight. 

Toledo's mayor is asking city council to approve a 49-million dollar loan from an Ohio EPA revolving loan account to pay for improvements at the Collins Park water treatment plant aimed at paying for a permanent algae bloom ozone treatment system. 

A short-term solution was put in place to filter out the algal toxin microcystin after the 2014 toxic Toledo water crisis, but the new system serves as a long-term strategy for the removal of those toxins from the drinking water supply for 500,000 people. 

But the huge investment comes as Toledo leaders talk with suburban officials about forming a regional water authority and possibly selling or leasing the water treatment plant to the group.

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