Ohio City Still Under a Water Advisory Despite 'Safe' Tests

PHOTO: Megan Anllo carries a bag of water to a nearby car, Aug. 3, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio.
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Toledo, Ohio, residents remained under a water advisory this morning, with the city’s mayor calling for additional tests to ensure drinking water safety.

Mayor D. Michael Collins, speaking at an early-morning press conference, said state and national EPA testing showed that the city’s water system is safe -- but according to city tests, water levels for two neighborhoods remained concerning.

Collins declined to identify the source of the potentially troublesome samples. Six new samples were to be taken in the area, with new results expected in the six hours through midday, Collins said.

When asked about the safety of parts of the system, Collins said he wanted to be extra careful.

“I don’t have an answer as to where that’s at, and I am not going to make a decision to expose the city until I feel that I can put my head on a pillow and be comfortable with my decision," Collins said.

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Residents have been under a do-not-drink advisory since Saturday, after tests at a treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely because of algae blooms on Lake Erie.

Drinking the water could cause vomiting, cramps and rashes. Health officials advised children and those with weak immune systems to avoid showering or bathing in the water.

The situation caused Gov. John Kasich to declare a state of emergency -- and affected about 400,000 water customers in the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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