More than 1,000 customers impacted by two water boil advisories in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Until 5 PM on Thursday 1/24/19 the city of Toledo asked 1,159 customers to boil their water while repairs were made to the water system.

One area impacted includes the north side of Central Ave. from Corey Rd. to Holland Sylvania Rd., the east side of Holland Sylvania Rd. from Central Ave. to Sylvania Rd., the south side of Sylvania Ave. from Holland Sylvania Rd., to Corey Rd. as well as the west side of Corey Rd. from Sylvania Ave. to Central Ave. 412 customers in that area were affected.

The other advisory was for the area of Florence Ave, East Broadway St. to Oak St., Oak St. from Florence Ave. to the railroad and East Broadway St. from Florence Ave. to the railroad. 747 customers in that area were affected.

One man says this has happened multiple times in the last few months and he's frustrated with the lack of transparency he feels as to why.

The city says these were precautionary advisories issued because electrical upgrades being done to the water treatment plant. A city spokesman told 13abc these two different parts of town are more prone to these advisories due to "elevation changes in the distribution system." But, one local man isn't so sure that's the whole story.

Charles Vega has lived on Van Fleet in Toledo for more than a decade. And in the last few months his home has been under a water boil advisory at least three times.

"I don't cook with it or anything. I have to go to the university to shower. We have to stop all our laundry, whatever you're doing... it's an extreme inconvenience," said Vega.

Vega is one of more than 400 people in the northwest part of Toledo who were under an advisory Thursday. Now, he refuses to drink the water, questioning if it's ever safe.

"It's nerve racking," said Vega.

Nearly 750 people on the east side were also told Thursday to boil their water. A city spokesman says these two areas were under a similar precautionary water boil advisory in September and October as well. That's because of a power issue and a pressure drop at the city's treatment plant.

"If they know this stuff is going to happen why not have some type of system that backs it up so that it doesn't occur as much," said Vega.

Vega says he's contacted city council and emailed the water department. He says he's replaced the water filters in his fridge numerous times and wants the city to pay for them. A city spokesman says Vega is being overly cautious and Toledo won't foot the bill.

"I asked them, 'Do you change your filter? Would you change your filter if you have all that water going through it and it's collecting some of the particles that could be contaminated? Do you want to play Russian Roulette with your own body? That's ridiculous. You should be cautious," said Vega.

The city spokesman told 13abc all of the tests came back OK and the water is once again safe to drink. The upgrades to the water plant should be finished sometimes this year, which should end these frequent advisories. If you have any questions call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020. There's also a text alert system where you can sign up to be notified of any future advisories.