“Water crisis grips Toledo area.” “‘Do not drink, do not boil’ water.” “The toxin that shut off Toledo’s water.”
All of us in Northwest Ohio recall the pollution emergency that crippled Toledo’s water supply for three days this August. Now Mayor D. Michael Collins is fighting to make sure this kind of environmental attack does not happen again.
On December 3, Mayor Collins addressed the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to request $13 million in federal funding for water improvement initiatives. Collins requested funding for additional research to improve water quality and for funding to implement infrastructur
e and conservation improvements of watersheds that affect Lake Erie.
During his address, Collins discussed the fact that water testing standards developed by the World Health Organization in 1996 have not been evaluated or confirmed by our Federal EPA.