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Toledo officials are awaiting the results of more tests to ensure that toxins are out of the city's water supply. The mayor ...
has instructed 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. (Aug. 3)
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DURATION: 1:17SHOTLIST:WTVG - AP CLIENTS ONLY/EMBARGO TOLEDOToledo, Ohio - August 3, 2014MANDATORY ON-SCREEN COURTESY: WTVG1. SOUNDBITE: (English) D. Michael Collins, Toledo Mayor:"The next step that we have is we're pending results from the United States EPA in Cincinnati. We delivered to them the samples they requested yesterday. They were delivered by plane and my understanding is they're in the process of doing their qualitative and quantitative analysis. We really at this time cannot make a decision as to what those results will be because we don't have them."BITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASHES2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gov. John Kasich, (R) Ohio:"We have seen some improvement in the numbers, and the mayor is right. We need to more confirmation of more data and once we get that we'll be in a better position to make a decision, and sometimes people would like to move quickly, but the way I look at it and the way the mayor and I have discussed it. I want to make sure that I would be comfortable with my family, my daughters, my wife drinking the water. When I'm comfortable with that, then I think we're in a position where we can say to the people here in Toledo that we feel good about it."BITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASHES3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gov. John Kasich, (R) Ohio:"The algae bloom problem is not just one that's located here. This is a problem that we see really worldwide."STORYLINE:More water test results are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo's water supply, the mayor said Sunday.Mayor D. Michael Collins has instructed the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day.Collins said he hopes to get the results from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later this afternoon. Earlier Sunday some initial samples showed decreased levels of toxins, but the mayor says he needs the official EPA results before deciding how to proceed. Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie. The city also said not to boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration. The mayor also warned that children should not shower or bathe in the water and that it shouldn't be given to pets.Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been working with Collins to help resolve the issue and get water to residents in the meantime. He ordered the state's National Guard to deliver water purification systems, pallets of bottled water and ready-to-eat meals to residents in Lucas, Wood and Fulton counties.The National Guard, alone, had produced 33,000 gallons of drinkable water by Sunday morning, and an additional 15,000 gallons had been delivered in collapsible containers. "I want to make sure that I would be comfortable with my family, my daughters, my wife drinking the water," said Kasich. "When I'm comfortable with that, then I think we're in a position where we can say to the people here in Toledo that we feel good about it."