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Sylvania estimates water crisis cost $1.5M in lost revenue

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The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce estimates businesses lost a total of nearly $1.5 million dollars in economic revenue during the three-day water ban.

The "no drink" order definitely took its toll and business owners say it's a loss they may never make up.

The SCC director says between 150-200 restaurants are in and around Sylvania.

This large loss estimate comes as no surprise to restaurant owners who say weekends are peak times for business.

“I got nothing you know,” said Mark Dallas, owner of J & G Pizza Palace. "We closed I can't remember how many days in the winter time and that hurt. I think it's hard to come back, you really can't make it up.”

Sylvania's Chamber of Commerce says the harsh winter also put a dent in profits: much larger than the water ban.

The general manager at Tre'o Restaurant says the water and snow issues made it a tough year for business.

"When you combine that with the losses that we've had with the snow emergencies earlier in the year, we've lost the better part or more than a week of business," said Nate Schank, GM for Tre'o.

Several owners say the growing social media support to eat local helps ease some financial pain, but it may not be enough to recover the entire loss of revenue.

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