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Money approved for Toledo water treatment plant

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The money has been approved and on its way for improvements to Toledo's water treatment plant.  About $9 million was approved at Tuesday's Toledo City Council meeting. 

That money will be used for the design and plans for all of the improvements needed at the plant after an Ohio EPA inspection.  When all is said and done the project will cost about $257 million for all the repairs.

"We have a long way to go with this.  It's a 20 year master plan.  If you think about it, this has not been done.  We have not put upgrade money into the system.  We're the 3rd lowest rates in the state.  Because of this, the cost is we didn't put into our infrastructure so now we're on that path and we have to put that money in there," said Dave Welch, the Director of Public Utilities. 

Mayor Mike Bell says while it's unpopular water rates are going to have to go up. 

"We're going to have to do it and nobody really wants to because of the economy, and I understand that," Mayor Bell said.

He says the number one priority is to make sure the drinking water is safe.

"You're noting going to be very popular if you know the system has problems and you're not prepared to address it," he said.  "The bottom line, it will also be politically unpopular if the water system fails."

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