Toledo receives interest-free loans to improve drinking water treatment

TOLEDO — Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday by announcing new ways the city of Toledo will improve the way it treats its water.

The city’s drinking water treatment plant will receive upgrades designed to improve the way it removes harmful algal blooms, such as the ones experienced last August during the Toledo’s water crisis.

The improvement projects are being financed through two interest-free loans from the Ohio EPA. The loans total more than $6 million and will fund, among other things, construction of carbon storage silos at the Collins Park treatment plant, upgrades to potassium permanganate and activated carbon feed systems, evaluation of long-term harmful algal bloom treatment alternatives, and formation of a blue-ribbon panel to review Toledo’s water treatment needs.

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler says the upgrades, when complete, will immediately improve Toledo’s drinking water treatment system, in addition to helping it and surrounding communities to avoid future issues with harmful toxins created by algal blooms.

“Clean drinking water is essential and we need to take care of Earth’s resources in order to take care of ourselves,” said Butler. “Today, we celebrate Earth Day and our commitment to protect Lake Erie and the resources it provides for all.”

A zero interest rate on the loans will save the city of Toledo an estimated $2 million.

 

Photo: The city’s drinking water treatment plant will receive upgrades designed to improve the way it removes harmful algal blooms, such as the ones experienced last August during the Toledo’s water crisis.

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