Toledo Mayor Michael Collins announces the lifting of the ban on drinking tap water after tests show toxins are no longer at dangerous levels. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A ban on drinking tap water in Toledo was lifted early Monday after new tests showed that toxins were no longer at dangerous levels from algae on Lake Erie, the mayor's office said.
"The decisions that we made in the early morning hours of this date to return to the two specific neighborhoods and do random samplings in order to establish whether or not we had an issue within these neighborhoods has now been resolved. All six test results come back with no problems whatsoever. There's no discernable microsystems within these system. So this entire city at this moment in time, we are lifting in conjunction with the Ohio EPA the no-drink advisory. Our water is safe," Mayor Michael Collins said at a Monday news conference announcing the latest results from city tests.
Some 400,000 residents had been told not to drink the water in the Toledo area on Saturday after health officials found the lake, which supplies most of the area's drinking water, may have been affected by a harmful algal bloom.
Tests run Sunday by the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicated toxin levels in the water were clean or acceptable but Collins was waiting for city tests to confirm those results before lifting the ban, he said.
City officials have told area residents and businesses to flush their water systems and any appliances or equipment that uses water, particularly if their systems have not been used since the ban was imposed.
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