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Published: Monday, 8/4/2014

Some were OK with drinking water in Perrysburg area during crisis, others were not

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Township residents living on Reitz Road west of State Rt. 199 receive water from Bowling Green from the Northwestern Water and Sewer District and were not affected by this weekend Toledo‘‍s water crisis that advised people not to drink their tap water.

Neighbors on the same road just east of State Rt. 199, or north a block to Five Point Road, were not as lucky, though. They spent more than two days under a “do not drink” water ban because of toxins that were found in tests on the Toledo water system.

Such experiences occurred for many neighbors in Perrysburg Township, as some are supplied with water from Toledo and others from Northwestern Water district. The supplier of water to Perrysburg area residents became important this past weekend when Toledo found toxins from a Lake Erie algae bloom in its water supplier and advised all customers not to drink its water. Toledo announced on Monday that its water was safe to drink, ending a two-day ban.

The city of Bowling Green gets its water from the Maumee River at a treatment center at King and River roads, said Jerry Greiner, president of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, which gets its water from Bowling Green and supplies other communities, including the southwest corner of Perrysburg Township. Its supply was “totally unaffected” by the algae bloom which created the toxins in the Lake Erie water and prompted the Toledo water ban.

Township residents east of State Rt. 199, except for a small area west of 199 and south of Schroeder Road and east of Carter Road, receive the Toledo water. 

In this area, the water supplied to residents is from Bowling Green along State Rt. 25 from a line south of about halfway between Reitz and Five Points roads; Toledo supplies water to residents north of that line. Further west, water suppliers vary along Fort Meigs Road; Levis Commons area gets Toledo water; and residents west of State Rt. 25 and south of Roachton Road receive Bowling Green water. 

The rest of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District customers in Perrysburg Township, such as those north of Roachton Road or west of State Rt. 199, get water from Toledo.

“We cut off our storage feeds from Toledo once we heard to keep us isolated, and the entry samples are good,” said Tom Stalter, NWWSD engineer. 

He said no flush was necessary of the district‘s water towers because the flow of water from Toledo was cut off shortly after the notice of the Toledo advisory. Perrysburg Administrator Bridgette Kabat also said a flush of its water towers were not necessary.

“If it was dangerous, we wouldn‘‍t risk it,” Mr. Stalter said. 

There is an online water supply coverage map for Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township. The map can be found online by clicking here. It shows areas, shaded in blue, receive water from Toledo. Mr. Stalter said his agency is attempting to make the map searchable by address. Water bills also will say Perrysburg, Toledo, or Bowling Green on it.

Northwood and Lake Township, also had split coverage from Toledo, Bowling Green, and Oregon water.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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