What Toledo suburbs are saying

Bryan Times, Aug. 11, 2018 (report by Ron Osburn, Michindoh plan discussed)  Following a meeting of two dozen representatives of entities and communities interested in purchasing water from the Michindoh aquifer, Mayor Richard Carr of Maumee said “This meeting was about how we proceed to make a decision and what must be considered.  Among the steps to be taken will be to retain an independent expert to review future test results in response to concerns of Williams County residents that the plan would negatively impact them.”

Carr said meeting attendees recognize there is opposition from Williams County residents to the plan.  “Those in attendance take this process extremely seriously, including concerns expressed by Williams County residents.  Retaining an independent expert to perform an analysis of the tests to assure the aquifer can meet the needs of all involved without being a threat to Williams County residents is very important.  That is the best way to proceed,” Carr said.

Toledo Blade, Aug. 12, 2018 (report by Tom Henry, Bryan residents upset by aquifer plan)  Nearly 60,000 of Toledo’s 500,000 metro-area customers affected by the 2014 water crisis live in Perrysburg, Sylvania, or Maumee.  They and thousands more people from Whitehouse, Henry and Fulton counties, and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District are now eyeing the Michindoh Aquifer as a potential source of fresh water, free from future algal dangers.

For Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, the 2014 crisis was the final straw.  He began speaking with other mayors about forming a regional water authority and trying to get Toledo to be part of it right after that.

Now with Toledo in the midst of a $500 million upgrade to its water treatment plant, leaders from the Toledo area pledged in January to form a regional water authority in order to give the suburbs more say in future water-management decisions.  But the authority proposal is at a stalemate now, with a majority of Toledo council members opposed.

Mike Beazley, a senior policy adviser to Mr. Kapszukiewicz, has said Toledo-area leaders want to ensure they, too, have plenty of access to safe and reliable drinking water — including a back-up water source in the event of another algal crisis.

He also has said Toledo utility officials don’t believe the Michindoh Aquifer can meet needs of the suburbs permanently.