At a fourth press conference, Mayor Michael Collins told Toledoans that no official test results would be available until 6 am Sunday morning. The mayor's comments mean that all Toledoans and outlying areas using water from the Toledo water plant should not use water from their taps for drinking the rest of Saturday night.
CNN reports some 400,000 people will go to sleep Saturday not knowing whether their drinking water is safe, as test results expected Saturday night weren't completed, and advisories won't change until Sunday morning at the earliest, said Heidi Griesmer, spokesperson for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the newspaper The Blade, Mayor Collins has shipped a second sample of water to Cincinnati for examination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two other sites are also examining water samples from Toledo. A lab in Columbus is running tests on the water supply and a lab at the Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI is performing additional independent tests. Although some test results may be delivered to Mayor Collins tonight, the lab in Michigan will not have results until early tomorrow morning. According to Mayor Collins, the purpose of having the three different labs is to make sure the results are accurate and the water is safe for consumption.
Governor John Kasich has declared a state of emergency for the Toledo area. Also according to CNN, Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a state of emergency for Lucas and parts of Fulton and Wood counties. Late Friday evening, the water emergency came after two samples from a water treatment plant showed readings for microcystis, a toxin that is released by algal blooms.
In the meantime, hundreds of people around the metropolitan area have volunteered to bring water to the community. According www.toledonewsnow.com/, water distribution centers have been set up around the city. Four main centers include
Springfield High School – 1470 S McCord Rd, Holland, OH 43528; 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Woodward High School – 701 E Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43608; 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Central Catholic High School – 2550 Cherry St, Toledo, OH 43608; 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Waite High School - 301 Morrison Dr, Toledo, OH 43605; 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Many of the centers will reopen at 8 a.m.
Other sites are also being set up. For a full list, see www.toledonewsnow.com.